Samsung is promoting it’s head-mounted Gear VR display with some 360-degree footage of great white shark diving off Port Lincoln, Australia. Head-mounted displays like the Gear VR and Occulus Rift offer viewers an immersive experience that can simulate a completely different environment.
I shot some similar white shark footage using the Kolor Abyss 360 rig at Isla de Guadalupe, Mexico, last September. This footage should be compatible with both the Samsung Gear VR and Occulus. If you don’t have a head-mounted display, you can still take advantage of the 360-degree effect, using your mouse to click and drag to change the angle.
All Fins On LLC recently shared this inspiring video on Vimeo. The video features wounded U.S. Army veteran, Preston Kaplan, diving among a score of sand tiger sharks along with other members of the Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba (SUDS) program.
According to the video description, Kaplan spent four years recovering from his combat injuries prior to participating in the dive. The SUDS program helps the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded veterans through SCUBA diving activities.
The video was shot off of the coast of Morehead City, NC on August 18, 2012. The are known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” is well-known for its sand tiger sharks (Carcharias taurus), which congregate around some of the wrecks.
CBS News has a feature on Anderson Cooper’s most recent “swimming with sharks” endeavor, which took place in the waters off of Cuba. Cooper enjoys the company of reef sharks throughout the video footage.
UPDATE: A reader has pointed out that the distance from the nearest point on Catalina Island to San Pedro’s Cabrillo Beach is approximately 18 miles, as the crow flies. Another reader has explained how the 30 mile distance was approximated in the comments.
30miledive.com is reporting that undersea explorer Scott Cassell completed his dive from Catalina island to San Pedro, California this past Saturday (September 17). Cassell was attempting to break a world record for a continuous dive, but equipment issues required Cassell to surface mid-way through the journey.
According to 30miledive.com, Cassell continued on with the dive after a brief surface interval on a support boat and completed the underwater trek in approximately 12 hours.
According to Cassell, his motivation for the dive was to “raise awareness about our shark populations.” He goes on to say that he remembers seeing many blue sharks (Prionace glauca) 20 years ago in the same waters he recently completed the distance dive. However, during his dive on Saturday, Cassell states that he did not see a single shark.