As Shark Week 2010 got underway on the Discovery Channel, Geraldo Rivera invited Shark Week host Terry Schappert to the September 2nd episode to discuss shark attack survival tips. Investigative reporter Craig Rivera, who completed a “Getting Out Alive” segment for Inside Edition about surviving a shark attack, also joined the discussion. He began the segment from a boat in the middle of the ocean where he had the opportunity to dive with sharks.
While standing on a boat with sharks circling, Craig Rivera starts by introducing the shark adventures tourism industry. He explains that many believe such diving tours increase the likelihood of shark attacks by getting sharks to feel comfortable around people, then counters by noting that dying from a bee sting is statistically more likely than dying from a shark attack.
Craig Rivera then dives into the water and is surrounded by hungry sharks. Divers from Stewart Cove’s Shark Diving Adventures feed the sharks by placing bait at the end of a stick and taking care not to put their hands in between sharks and the bait. Back on the boat, Craig Rivera interviews the shark feeders and asks if the company has seen any attacks. One feeder says that feeders have been nicked but there have been no major incidents. She also points out that her profession helps sharks around the world by helping people appreciate sharks and reducing indiscriminate killing or finning.
Craig Rivera returns to the water to try feeding the sharks but commits a rookie mistake. Divers warn him not to move the baited stick around “like a sword”, as it has caused the sharks to swarm all over him. Some of the sharks bump or nudge him but he returns to the boat with all of his fingers, happy to not have been mistaken for food.
View the full segment below:
Craig Rivera Dives With Sharks from Craig Rivera on Vimeo.