Pop Quiz: Imagine you’re sitting at the bottom of the ocean, a midst five hundred sharks in a feeding frenzy. Would you: A.) Swim to the surface as fast as your trembling legs could take you? B.) Find a weapon to arm yourself with? C.) Fall asleep
According to CNN news, Brett McBride fell asleep for a minute, while hundreds of three-meter-long Galapagos sharks swarmed around McBride during a feeding frenzy off the coast of Costa Rica. The 46-year-old shark wrangler doesn’t suffer from some kind of severe narcolepsy. Instead, he was merely proving a point — these fearsome predators aren’t going to be interested in you, if you’re not interested in them
“Galapagos sharks, they’re not big mammal eaters. It would take them probably hours to get the courage up to attack you if you were adrift at sea,” said McBride on CNN news, “It would seem crazy, but it’s not. It really just shows you how bad a rap sharks get. They’re just like any other fish.” Even if Galapagos sharks had the temperament of a kitten, there are perhaps few people willing to doze off in their midst, according to the guardian. But then, McBride isn’t like most people. The captain of Science Vessel Ocearch spends his days handling sharks as part of one of the largest tagging projects ever undertaken, stated on Sharkdiver.com
“When the shark is taken out of the equation, the squid populations explode. They’re voracious eaters so every night they’d eat baby fish, swordfish, tuna, and marlin. The fish are being wiped out, not by man, but by squid. And that’s because man took away their main predator—sharks,” said McBride. Falling asleep while scuba diving is an act of heroism, but a great recipe for a disaster.