While he "hugs" the shark, the shark's ablility to breathe is restricted. Shark gills are only functional when water passes over them, which is why sharks are almost always moving through the water. When they are held still, they have to pump water over their gills to breathe, but many sharks have a diminished ability to do so.
Hug trees, not sharks. Jackass.
Jesus fucking christ spraypainted on the hood of a goddamn Prius, has anyone ever missed the point more?
Have you seen the movie? No? Then your idiocy can be forgiven. No, wait, it can't. I've seen it, and I can tell you this:
1) The guy loves sharks. The guy worships sharks. The guy made this movie to PROTECT sharks. (Which is certainly more than you're doing by bitching about supposed shark suffering on a blog.) The guy knows more about sharks than you and I combined. I'm sure he's not "suffocating" the shark intentionally.
2) The sharks he interacts with are, almost exclusively, bigger and stronger than he is. I guarantee that no shark in this movie allows itself to be held or hugged any more than it goddamn well cares to. But then you'd know that if you'd bothered to watch the movie before calling it out as morally or environmentally or sharkishly objectionable.
3) You're going to complain about a guy loosely hugging a shark in a movie in which people HACK OFF SHARKS' LIMBS AND LEAVE THEM TO BLEED TO DEATH?! Seriously? Are you really going to do that?
Forest & trees, my friend, forest & trees.
Is anyone else kinda glad there are 90% less sharks in the world's oceans? I'm deathly afraid of open water, and though I think the source is something more akin to existential dread (not being able to see what's beneath me), or some nebulous idea of a sea monster, sharks definitely contribute to the reality/legitmacy of this fear.
-- i agree with #2, those sea critters could do anything they wanted... if they choose to pause for a hug at the risk of "holding their breath" (or water), they will and it seems that they do. the guy knows what he's doing and i back his efforts to save these big fish.
@2: I'm just pointing out the seeming ignorance of the pose, if only in keeping with the Slog's snarky tone. Someone who worships sharks should know how they breathe, and should have the respect to leave them be. A "hug" is a human social construct, not a universal sign of love. I dig sharks, and I'm sure it's a great film, but I don't need to dry hump them to show my affection for them.
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