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September 10, 2019

The Great White Shark—one of the most feared
predators in the seas. This is one of the most dangerous sharks in the world, considered
by many to be a man-eater. But just how aggressive are these sharks? Join me on an expedition to
investigate great white sharks. Hi, I’m Jonathan Bird and welcome to my world! Great white sharks are not easy to find. There
are only a handful of places in the world where divers can see them in the wild. So I’ve come here, to San Diego California,
to get on a boat and make a 200 miles crossing to an inland in Mexico called Guadalupe where
we hope to find Great White Sharks. My home for the expedition is a converted
fishing boat. I’ll be spending the week with several other divers and a few shark
researchers. Our journey will take us across 200 miles
of open Pacific Ocean, from San Diego, to Guadalupe Island in Mexico, off the Baja peninsula. We depart from the dock and start our journey
with high expectations. Our first stop, however, is at the bait shop,
where we pick up baitfish to use for catching tuna. Then the tuna will be used as bait for
the Sharks. While I often swim with sharks in open water,
unprotected by a cage, White Sharks are a little too big for that. The crew insists
that we use cages for safety. After 2 hours, we pass the Coronado Islands
in Mexican waters. This is the last land I’ll see until we reach Guadalupe…another 20
hours from now Along the way we stop to do some fishing.
I’m generally not much of a fisherman. After all, I would rather swim with the fish than
catch them, but in this case we need some bait to attract the sharks, so everyone has
to do their part. Oh Strong. HELLO. Aw another on it the food chain. Whoa! Strong! HELLO. Aww another one in the
food chain! We then continue our journey to Guadalupe
Island. We encounter rough seas, but finally, the
next morning we arrive at Guadalupe. This desolate island is an extinct volcano that
pokes out of the Pacific. Almost nothing can survive on this rock outcropping. Our first task upon arrival is to get the
chum in the water. The crew use fish meal and water to create a fishy soup in a trash
can. Then, a pump squirts it overboard. This creates a scent trail in the water to draw
the sharks to the boat. Once the chum has been started, we turn our
attention to getting the cages in the water. These large cages can hold up to five people
each, and they have large holes for cameras. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some great
shots of the sharks. Once the cages are in the water, we tie some
tuna on a rope and throw it into the water with a float to keep it near the surface. Members of the crew also take turns whacking
the water with a pole, which is said to attract sharks. The water slapping and the chum soup helps
get the sharks to the boat, but only something more substantial like tuna chunks will convince
them to stick around and approach the cages. Now we wait. It can take hours or even days
to get sharks. Then without warning, a shark comes up and
checks out one of the tuna baits. Today we’re lucky because it only took a couple of hours. Now the fun part. I suit up into my gear for
my dive with a White Shark! The water is about 70 degrees, so I need a
wetsuit to stay warm. Next I step down onto the swim platform where the crew outfits me
with a really heavy weight harness. A normal weight belt for diving with this
much of a wetsuit is about 10 pounds, but I am wearing a 40-pound weight harness so
I’ll be able to stand firmly on the bottom of the cage without floating up and hitting
my head on the top of the cage! I don’t need a bulky scuba tank because
we are using surface-supplied air on a long hose. Diving with Surface-Supplied Air is a very
different kind of diving than what I’m used to, but it works well for this kind of underwater
experience….as long as the shark can’t get to the hose! They hand me my camera and I drop below the
waves to wait for a shark. You would think it would be easy to see the
sharks once I hit the water, but it’s more complicated than that. The sharks like to
stay down in deep water, watching the surface from below. White Sharks get the advantage over their
prey by surprising them. We have to hope that the shark wants to grab this bait and come
close to the cage. While I wait for a shark to go for the tuna
bait, I can’t do anything but wait. And wait. And wait. Shark diving can actually
be pretty boring sometimes. Since the sharks are taking so long, the crew
has put out another kind of lure…a 5 gallon plastic bucket filled with frozen fish. Yummy! At last I see something coming, but it doesn’t
look like a shark. It’s a sea lion coming in to check out the tuna. It turns out the
sea lion is only mildly interested in the dead fish. Sea lions prefer to catch live
fish. Yet this curious animal doesn’t seem too concerned that a White Shark is lurking
somewhere below. Or maybe it doesn’t know. Suddenly, the Sea lion vanishes and a shark
appears. It seems to be aware of us, but it’s definitely more interested in the bait. It
makes a couple of close passes to examine the bait. Then it makes its move, going directly for
the tuna. It grabs it, bites easily through the rope, and takes off with a tasty mouthful. After that, the shark heads back down below
us, out of sight. What’s going on? Why is the shark not attacking the cage and trying
to eat us? As I watch the White Shark behavior over a
couple of days, I can see a pattern. It likes nice chunks of bait to eat, and it has no
interest in the cages or the people in them. WOW! What an incredible animal. Well, it just
goes to show you the sharks are really interested in the bait. They really haven’t got a lot
of interest in me. They know exactly what they want and they go straight for it. And
the cage is really to make me feel better. Occasionally the shark comes up and bites
the bucket full of frozen chum, just to see if there is anything tasty in there. When
it figures out that the chum is chopped up too finely to eat, it goes back to the bottom. The White Sharks only come up for food. They
can tell the difference between nice juicy piece of fish, and a bucket. And they show
no interest in chasing the sea lions around the boat either. These sharks are obviously a lot smarter than
they appear. Some of the shark research being done around
Guadalupe Island includes identifying individuals to see if they return year after year. Several
have been named including Scarboard, a large female who has a scar on her right, which
is her starboard, side. Other identifying features researchers look
for include the coloration in the area around the gills, and also the color pattern by the
tail. No two sharks are exactly alike. Any distinguishing marks like this white streak
on the nose help researchers identify individual sharks. Time flies when you’re having fun. All too
soon, our time with the sharks comes to an end and we have to turn for home. I look forward
to returning the island of Guadalupe and visiting the sharks again soon. It may be rather desolate
above the water, but is rich with incredible animals living within its blue underwater


  • Reply julz z January 12, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    That look dangurous

  • Reply Michael Peters January 23, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    I love sharks

  • Reply Michael Peters January 23, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    2018 anyone?

  • Reply julian crockford February 5, 2018 at 1:19 am

    you must be crazy, but i respect you…

  • Reply pvp dj dog lazarlucic February 11, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    sure I will go with you just give me your phone number

  • Reply Bear YT February 14, 2018 at 1:32 am

    Goals for Life:
    Go megalodon sharktooth diving
    Swim with a whale shark
    Swim with a basking shark
    Swim with a sleeper shark
    Swim with The GREAT WHITE

  • Reply Maria M February 16, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    I watched all your videos with the sharks and I love them sharks are my favorite animals/creatures I am in live with them and you helped me to not think that they are the most dangerous creatures .

  • Reply Katelynn Lopez February 22, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    What's your favorite sea animal

  • Reply Serge Baron February 26, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Mr Bird is my boy!!!!!!!!

  • Reply julz z March 6, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Did you know that the poor boy juan
    Discovered the lady of guadalupe

  • Reply Hoten Hitonokoe March 6, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Wow Amazing

  • Reply Skylar Maynard March 10, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    really yal

  • Reply Karim Gohar March 11, 2018 at 12:05 am

    Oooo that looks cool and aren’t great whit sharks very dangrouse

  • Reply Gary Leverton March 19, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Great white sharks are so cute.

  • Reply ICABMF March 21, 2018 at 7:18 pm


  • Reply Taco Tube March 25, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    And i thought meglodons were big

  • Reply INFAMOUS SCOUSE April 3, 2018 at 12:43 am

    Such a great channel. Keep it coming.🦈

  • Reply jz l n be eiu gugrubg4bbg5ugin4un Farrugia April 8, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    Some times it is scary

  • Reply Kalwin Araisang April 13, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Go to spear one fish shark crap it already

  • Reply Brayden Tuttle April 15, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    No wonder something smelt FISHY alright ill FIN-ish my fish puns alright me time to WAVE good bye alright ill stop

  • Reply sharky the 1st April 20, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    why does this video have no likes or no dislikes? πŸ˜•

  • Reply Reece Arthurton April 29, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    7:10 That shark that took the bait was Scarboard

  • Reply Suzy Punj Khendry April 30, 2018 at 1:06 am

    I'm watching in 2018

  • Reply Cindy Stutts May 18, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    i love sharks

  • Reply ImNevaehMichell May 31, 2018 at 3:28 am

    #1 thing on my bucket list is to go to japan and see cat island

  • Reply Vayda Hamel June 2, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Jonathan bird I'm sorry I'm late really late watching your video I'm just learning about them now my teacher told me about you love your vids

  • Reply Vayda Hamel June 2, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Especially sharks

  • Reply Vayda Hamel June 2, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    I love sharks οΈπŸ’œ

  • Reply Jake Kellogg June 2, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    I think Jonathan may already know this but I'll point it out anyway, White Sharks hunt in the exact same way their enormous ancestors Megalodon hunted, by coming up from great depths they greatly increase the amount of speed they have to surprise a seal or sea lion, a vital aspect considering a 1,000 lb seal has very sharp claws and teeth which could literally injure the shark, by coming up in a vertical motion fast and hitting hard it causes the prey to go out quickly from loss of blood, dare I say it the sharks have found the most humane method to attack their prey!

  • Reply jack curry June 9, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Don't get out the cage on that one

  • Reply Patricia Orlando July 16, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Hello Jonathan . Question. Why is a great white shark icalled white when its not all white? And where did the name come from?

  • Reply Stojanovic Ratko July 20, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    You cut your finger

  • Reply Miguel Gomez August 1, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    You should put the bait in the cage

  • Reply Patricia Orlando August 7, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Jonathan why is the great white shark called White, when it is not all white. Where did the name come from?.

  • Reply Yandere- Nya :3 August 21, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    This is awesome. I started watching the videos before I was scared of the ocean. But now that I watch your channel I am fascinated by the ocean thank you!

  • Reply Priscilla Febria September 6, 2018 at 8:08 am

    so it's human that is the most fearsome killer, not sharks…

  • Reply Kata Tuhux September 7, 2018 at 12:18 pm


  • Reply The true Saurian Dragon September 8, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    OHHHHHHHHHHH nostalgia is hitting HARD

  • Reply Calum Stewart September 13, 2018 at 10:16 am


  • Reply richard welk iv September 18, 2018 at 2:03 am

    Jonathan let me save you some time and money . You want to film great whites ?? Go to cape cod Massachusetts . You won't be bored .

  • Reply anglekan September 22, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    The Sharks feel sorry for the humans and their rat race society.

  • Reply David McAninch September 25, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    A wise shark once said, β€œFish are friends, not food”.

  • Reply Kimber Lee September 25, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    You can find plenty on Cape Cod!

  • Reply Ravena Ambros September 27, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Oh thank god i thought the sea lion was going to be eaten by the great white shark

  • Reply Me MeS September 28, 2018 at 11:54 pm


  • Reply Sof Mak September 29, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Why is it called the great "WHITE " shark. Why not the great "GREY" shark for exemple.

  • Reply Dhspat October 2, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Great vid.

  • Reply Omar Videos October 8, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    2018 anyone

  • Reply sasuke uchiha October 9, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Sadly i hate killer whale in front of great white

  • Reply sasuke uchiha October 9, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Hmmm great white related to megalodon??

  • Reply Alexa Galaxy October 11, 2018 at 3:49 am

    Like. Never dislike

  • Reply Moinuddin Zamadar October 18, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Good luck

  • Reply SBATGIRLRULES'S SWEET WORLD October 21, 2018 at 1:40 am

    I love the ocean I love sea animals and I love your channel

  • Reply Poop Unboxing October 22, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    I'm in love with ur work & channel 😘😘

  • Reply Katelyn Cabral November 17, 2018 at 5:55 am

    I love shucks there my favorite sea animal

  • Reply Sejal Ramnani November 17, 2018 at 2:15 pm


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  • Reply aydan khaliq December 2, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Hi I'm Jonathan fish

  • Reply Alex Lautzenheiser December 11, 2018 at 12:09 am

    Great White Sharks migrate to Hawaii during the winter you know.

  • Reply Mars III December 14, 2018 at 2:30 am

    More like super shark Hahhahahahahahahaha

  • Reply Sejal Ramnani December 24, 2018 at 4:30 am

    Its so awsome

  • Reply valor defendor January 3, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    How do I apply ?!!
    I dont want to be paid just be a part

  • Reply Super Venom January 6, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Before the great or the bull was the most dangerous shark it was MEG

  • Reply Super Venom January 7, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    I need to say away from those because they are not nice

  • Reply tomy ng January 12, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    White sharks don,t eat people.

  • Reply Battle Droid 2008 January 13, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Hey Jonathan Ive been a fan of yours for a few years now and can I just say keep up the good work man

  • Reply Niazbeast Warrior January 22, 2019 at 5:31 am


  • Reply David McAninch January 23, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    I am a nice shark. Not a mindless eating machine. If I am to change this image, I must first change myself. Fish are friends, not food.

  • Reply Super Venom January 26, 2019 at 9:06 pm


  • Reply Brian Limbaga February 6, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Only 360p

  • Reply Battle Droid 2008 February 10, 2019 at 7:27 pm


  • Reply WHALE SHARK February 13, 2019 at 5:33 am


  • Reply Kay Beswick February 19, 2019 at 11:54 am

    How do you do it

  • Reply Elaine B March 5, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    My larger friends like to take their time & not waste too much effort. We're more about efficiency than effort!!! Sharky xxx

  • Reply Sweet_ Diamonds March 8, 2019 at 2:58 am

    dive with mako sharks

  • Reply MichaelAaron 421 March 12, 2019 at 11:56 am

    You travel around the world a lot were do you Actually live Jonathan

  • Reply Jay Doesanything765 March 14, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    I watched this video when I was 6 years old. I’m nearly 13 now. Time really flies by.

  • Reply velin kosev March 16, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    It probably has no interest because you are in the cage :DDD

  • Reply Leandro Font March 17, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Great videos

  • Reply Ronnie Nagy March 28, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Great White Sharks Are My Favorite Types Of Sharks, 😊

  • Reply Ellen Loresto March 29, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Why didn’t you attach the bate to the cage or you hold it in the cage

  • Reply Osama Khan April 11, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    A e share and blue world and good night o ok

  • Reply Esther Kolli April 27, 2019 at 12:49 am

    Honestly you and your crew is pretty cool and Awesome and like honestly guys you guys are really cool.

  • Reply Ali Said April 29, 2019 at 4:57 am

    Shark is awesome

  • Reply Isse Olad May 1, 2019 at 2:43 am

    Sharks re amazing

  • Reply Dragonfire King May 20, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    The reason they don’t wanna attack the cage is because ur in a group and sharks get frightened when they see people in a group

  • Reply Mr Brown May 22, 2019 at 11:16 am

    I have many great white sharks in my aquarium

  • Reply Cara Cox May 31, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    You are too funny!

  • Reply The Rife's June 2, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    You should do another great white shark video

  • Reply kk Nas June 3, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    A 8 yr old boy's youtube channel. Watch his 1st video,

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  • Reply The bunny of Gacha July 19, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    When I was in first grade I LOVED your videos and at school there was this app that we would use to read but I also had videos and it had your videos and when it was time to clean up I said β€œsee you later Johnath brid”
    And I still love your videos

  • Reply THE ROBO GAMER WR July 27, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    I can’t catch a fish I feel so bad but I love fish and chips kinda strange

  • Reply Regan McAnear July 29, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    I looovvveee sharks I want to swim with some one day but right now I’m only 11 years old and I don’t think my parents would let meπŸ˜‚πŸ˜­

  • Reply Ryan Christian BaΓ±ez August 3, 2019 at 4:10 am

    Wait… I've been watching your videos about sharks and most of them don't care about you lurking them.

    But why the great white shark is different? Feel like it's harmful?

  • Reply Mr. Ant August 3, 2019 at 6:18 am

    Your the reason I love sharks.

  • Reply Stephen Cook August 10, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Lol that chum pump though πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • Reply Rohit Sk August 15, 2019 at 3:38 am

    I watched your all videos.

  • Reply BlueGallade475 August 27, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Time to go down memory lane

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