A researcher had the brazen courage to enter the water, unprotected, in the midst of a large school of sharks, some of them over half a ton. Tiger sharks and bull sharks, the so-called “bull shark” in English. And of the scene there is a video, which became viral in the few hours, shared thousands of times on social networks such as YouTube or Facebook.
The researcher risked his life, bare-legged, without weapons, protections or other ways of defending himself. One question remains to be answered, why did he do it? And surprisingly, the answer is not only there, it is also perfectly rational.
The researcher in question is Eric Ritter, and his apparently insane gesture makes sense instead: he was checking that the sharks had actually been “pacified” by his system being tested, a robot, shaped like a shark, which it would appear to be an ideal tool for handling the more aggressive large sharks.
We needed someone willing to prove that the robot actually works, and Ritter has shown that he is willing to try it first. If he had been bitten he would have had double bad news, on the one hand his life would have been in danger, and he would probably have died, on the other hand he would have proof that his robotic system is not working.
And instead, just as the team of researchers expected, no sharks attacked, indeed, many despite having passed within inches of Ritter’s body simply changed direction. The news is excellent. Both for us, who could count on extra security, and for Ritter’s research team, which brings home a remarkable victory.
Meanwhile, the video is incredible: a researcher who enters the water in the middle of a school of sharks is not seen every day.
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