Episode 2 - Great White Shark
About the show
The Chatham Islands are known for great seafood, and for great white sharks. Everyone here has a shark story - including Ocean Predators host Kina Scollay. He was attacked by a great white when diving professionally as a young man. But instead of turning his back on the ocean, he has done the opposite. His journey researching and filming New Zealand’s great whites has led to some extraordinary discoveries. Now known to migrate across the Pacific, and to spend time in groups - possibly to pack hunt - this is a new understanding of great white sharks. Extraordinary footage reveals these ocean predators to be intelligent, aware, and cunning, strategic hunters.
Kina shares his secret great white shark spot - a seal colony on a scratch of rocks off the Chatham Islands. This is spot X - where once the research team found 15 great whites in a single day. It also happens to be where he got bitten. Attracting sharks is an art and a science - it takes knowledge of currents, shark biology and shark behaviour. And a measure of luck. When a shark appears, we enter the water in a sea-floor cage to take a closer look.
Young men still dive for a living in the waters off the Chathams. Not far from where the team spot great whites haunting a surf break, Kina jumps in unprotected to free dive for crayfish. With him is a young Chatham Island diver who does this day in and day out for his job. It’s a great way to make a living, but sharing your office with great whites is not without some hairy moments.