Drone Pilot Spots and Saves Man Being Attacked by Shark

Amateur drone pilot Matt Woods was sitting on his balcony in Bondi Beach, Australia and decided to send out his Mavic 2 Zoom to perhaps capture an ocean vista, but instead found a spearfisherman grappling with what appeared to be an aggressive mako shark. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Woods says he was […]

Drone Pilot Spots and Saves Man Being Attacked by Shark

Amateur drone pilot Matt Woods was sitting on his balcony in Bondi Beach, Australia and decided to send out his Mavic 2 Zoom to perhaps capture an ocean vista, but instead found a spearfisherman grappling with what appeared to be an aggressive mako shark.

In an interview with the , Woods says he was horrified to see the shark lunging towards the swimmer, who was only able to keep it at bay with a spear gun.

“I spotted the shark straight away as there was a big bait ball of fish and as I got closer I could see it was also circling the diver in the water,” Woods says. “The diver was fending the shark off and poking it with his spear gun. The shark then went after his float that is attached to the diver. He was charging it and trying to bite it, thrashing it about.”

Woods and his girlfriend immediately alerted local lifeguards to the situation and continued to monitor the swimmer on his drone. He says he was very concerned for the diver as the shark looked angry and aggressive, and he maintained his drone on the position to monitor the diver so that he would be able to guide help to his location while his girlfriend spoke with lifeguards.

Woods says it took about 30 minutes for lifeguards to clear the area of surfers and swimmers before they were able to arrive by jet ski and scare away the shark. Woods says that the diver appeared to be able to scrable onto the rocks and reef, and lifeguards were able to extract him.

“I was pretty concerned for the diver as the shark looked angry. I’ve never seen anything like it before, only whales. I always seem to miss sharks. We know there are sharks here all the time but nothing like this,” he continues.

“I went looking for the diver after trying to try and meet him but couldn’t find him,” Woods says.

According to records, there have only been nine recorded attacks on humans by mako sharks since 1580 and only one of those was fatal, which would make the situation seen in the video extremely rare. That said, positive identification of sharks is very difficult as victims rarely make adequate observations during attacks — as to be expected. The mako is often blamed for shark attacks due to its size, speed, and capability of causing injury, though mako sharks will not generally consider humans to be prey. The Daily Mail writes that sometimes mako sharks are attracted to spearfishermen if they are carrying dead fish, though it is not clear if that was the case here.

This is the latest in a few notable cases involving drones and sharks. In October of 2020, a drone captured an extremely close encounter between pro surfer Matt Wilkinson. In 2019, photographer Dan Watson noticed a shark in the water coming extremely close to his family.

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Ernst Leitz Museum To Open New Interactive Photography Facility

The Ernst Leitz Museum in Leitz Park, Wetzlar is a modern museum dedicated to photography that, in October, will open a facility where visitors will be able to enjoy what it calls an interactive photography experience. The museum will have four newly designed adventure areas that occupy about 600 square meters on the upper floors […]

Ernst Leitz Museum To Open New Interactive Photography Facility

The Ernst Leitz Museum in Leitz Park, Wetzlar is a modern museum dedicated to photography that, in October, will open a facility where visitors will be able to enjoy what it calls an interactive photography experience.

The museum will have four newly designed adventure areas that occupy about 600 square meters on the upper floors of the facility. The museum says the purpose of the interactive version of this display is to raise awareness of conscious perception — it wants attendees to try things out, get inspired, and discover the world of photography in a new light.

The four new visual experience areas will showcase optical phenomena in interactive stations with basic rules of photography displayed as a reference point. Each display concept and design is developed in partnership with the studio klv from Berlin, an interdisciplinary consulting and creative office specializing in the creation of interactive exhibits.

The first area will focus on “Seeing and Perceiving,” where optical phenomena are explained in an easy-to-understand way. This includes a giant screen that covers the museum’s large panoramic window and will open and close like a shutter when a guest approaches it.

A second area is dedicated to “Technology and History,” where visitors can browse historical photos, drawings, cameras, and designs that showcase Leica’s impact on photography over the generations. Additionally, this area includes information on how lenses are built, technical details of various camera components, and even a virtual darkroom with an interactive table to digitally recreate the steps used in photo development.

The third experience area will showcase the basic rules of photography and what influence different factors can have on photos taken at various interactive stations. This area will encourage visitors to use their phones and cameras with different settings to experiment with the reflections, colors, and shadows to fully understand the “diverse possibilities” of creative image design. It will also include a “Self-Portrait” station.

The last area will be a rotating set of special exhibitions on various topics presented by Leica, starting with an exhibit on Oskar Barnack and followed by plans for many more from passionate photographers and filmmakers from around the globe.

The new interactive photography exhibit at the Ernst Leitz museum is scheduled to open in October of 2021.

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