Shark Wranglers on TV with controversial OCEARCH

Looks like we are finally going to see the footage of Chris Fischer and OCEARCH. I’m a supporter of their efforts and am super excited to see the final product! It will be shown on History channel starting on 1 July at 10pm, I enquired about whether this was for our history channel (254) or not and they where unable to confirm it was our local History Channel. Lets hope that it is so we can finally see what they have been up to.

THE NEWS IS OUT! Chris Fischer, the Crew of the MV OCEARCH and the top shark scientists OCEARCH supports will be on HISTORY!

Special Forces of fishermen take the business of shark tagging to the next level in


New HISTORY® series premiering July 1 at 10 p.m. traces the most ambitious Great White Shark research expedition in history, led by ocean explorer Chris Fischer

June 14, New York, NY – World-class fishermen and ocean explorers risk life and limb doing a job no one else on the planet has even attempted – conducting hands on research of massive Great White Sharks in a dangerous, high stakes attempt to save them from oblivion. Pre-eminent ocean explorer and elite fisherman Chris Fischer is on a quest to decode the secrets of the deadliest creatures in the ocean in SHARK WRANGLERS, a new series premiering Sunday, July 1 at 10 p.m. on HISTORY.

The series chronicles the most ambitious shark expedition in history. The crew must track down the world’s most deadly – yet threatened – sharks, maneuver them onto the cradle of their 126-foot boat in rolling waters, and tag each one – by hand. Their goal is 50 sharks in 40 days – a near impossible mission that will test the team’s resolve as they battle through every conceivable setback.

The setting for the expedition is South Africa, home to giant great whites. Fischer and his elite team are the only people in the world who tag sharks this way. Once they hook a shark, they maneuver it onto a watery platform next to the ship, then risk life and limb jumping into the water with the shark and raising the cradle so the shark can be tagged and studied. This hands-on approach allows them to attach transmitters that deliver data for years instead of months. The various studies include one that could help develop antibiotics for shark bites, potentially decreasing the fatality rates from secondary infection. The process puts Fischer and his crew in danger, as they must steer clear of the shark in its own domain, while working quickly to protect the shark itself.

“This journey tested Fischer and his crew in every way. They dealt with issues and dangers beyond the scope of anything in their career, but they kept on going because they believe the more sharks they tag, the more they can ultimately save,” said Dirk Hoogstra, SVP of Development and Programming for HISTORY. “We are thrilled to elevate Fischer’s story to a new level. SHARK WRANGLERS is about a group of guys on a dramatic crusade to do the right thing.”

The information Fischer collects will help solve the worldwide puzzle of where Great White Sharks and other large sharks gather en masse at various times of the year. This data could allay the fears of nervous swimmers by telling them when Great White Sharks are cruising off their local beach, but it will also protect sharks from shark-finners who kill up to tens of millions of sharks of all species every year. If this trend continues, Great White Sharks and other species could soon be gone, causing complete havoc to the ocean’s food chain. Fischer wants to find out where sharks spend their time so those areas can be protected from finners.

Chris Fischer, a lifelong adventurer, has made it his mission to be “the voice of the world’s oceans” to create awareness and appreciation for marine environments on a global scale. His non-profit, OCEARCH, was created to shape public policy to protect the world’s marine resources.

SHARK WRANGLERS is produced for HISTORY by Fischer Productions in association with Undertow Films. Executive Producers are Chris Fischer, Matt Renner and Ethan Prochnik. Dirk Hoogstra and Mike Stiller are executive producers for HISTORY.

About Chris

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9 Responses to Shark Wranglers on TV with controversial OCEARCH

  1. Gina July 20, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    It amazes me how corporations can make anything sound just wonderful when its quite the opposite. In fact you can usually count on whatever the claim the media makes, its probably the exact opposite as is the case with Shark Wranglers.

    I love Great White Sharks and have since I was 4 years old 41 years of jumping at the chance to watch, read, or listen to anything regarding great white sharks, and for the first time in my life I turned away from the television while seeing my favorite species on the screen. The show is bullshit. There is nothing of scientific value that these abusers are doing that couldn’t be done in a much more humane way, LIKE WITHOUT drilling holes in their fins! Suffocating them for 15 minutes after wearing them out behind a boat for God knows how long! They have admitted to killing one shark already!

    It’s not just sharks either, a 20 year old died because he was swimming in chummed waters thanks to Chris Fischer and his so called experts! I read the little article where Chris said he was off the hook (no pun intended) for that ONE Guy who got killed. Nice wording Chris. You made yourself look like a real dick there. Anyway he’s back in the water saving the ocean because they couldn’t prove it was due to the chum. BULLSHIT Chris. Your under contract, you have commercial sponsers THAT is why they went easy on your stupid ass.

    I am boycotting HISTORY until they take this shit show off the air. Believe me that’s hard for me because I like a lot of the History Channels shows, but I will not support what this Yayhoo is doing. NO WAY!

  2. rob mousley July 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    Not a fan of the show, but very much a fan of the data.

    Great White Sharks and humans are on a collision course – which is not the sharks’ fault. In recent years there has been an increase in the number of human/shark incidents and although overall the numbers are minute and represent far less danger than simply driving to the beach, the public tends towards hysteria whenever someone is bitten. As more and more people make use of the sea, this situation will only get worse. There WILL be more shark attacks. The question is how to minimize their number. Killing apex predators simply so humans can play is morally indefensible.

    But without hard scientific data about the behavior of sharks, we have no way of making sensible decisions about how to minimize the chances of human/shark incidents.

    As for Gina’s claim that Ocearch’s chum caused the death of David Lillienfield:
    – Consider that the amount of chum used was infinitesimal in comparison with the natural “chum” caused by the 50-75,000 seals that pee, poop and die in the waters around Seal Island. Consider also the tons of waste “chum” dumped in the nearby waters every day by the Kalk Bay Fishermen.
    – Then consider the scientific study done at Seal Island that showed that sharks appear to learn that chumming (NOT feeding) is unrewarding and tend to ignore the chum after a time while remaining in the same area.
    – The Ocearch chumming took place at Seal Island four days before the incident when Lillienfield was killed, 20km away. In the intervening period, the southeaster blew continuously.

    In the light of the evidence, it’s inconceivable that there could be any connection between Ocearch’s activities and David Lillienfield’s tragic death. He was simply in the water in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    But anyone who really does profess to love sharks should indeed consider whether it’s best simply to leave the sharks alone and for us to carry on in total ignorance as to why they do what they do – or to engage in research – albeit with the minimum possible interference – to expand our knowledge of these magnificent animals.

    Without research we might think for example, that sharks are territorial – and we might kill any shark we find in the area where an incident has taken place. Through research, we know that they are NOT territorial – and such killing would be completely arbitrary and useless.

    When Ocearch arrived in Cape Town I was initially suspicious and prepared to be against what they were up to.

    After asking people in the scientific community my opinion is that the show is a lot of hyped up crap, but the data coming from the tags is priceless.

    So – while folks like Ocearch need to be monitored and should operate under strict controls, the data that they are providing is, in my opinion, worth the apparently small risk to the sharks.

  3. Linda August 1, 2012 at 7:21 am #

    I do enjoy the show and I can see how this data they are collecting will be priceless. I can also see the idiots that just want to go nuts and pretend they know what is best for the animal. I would like to ask Gina what she is doing to save the sharks she loves so much? Have you given up fish so they will have food to eat? Have you been tracking their movements so “safe zones” can be created for them? I am betting that you will say no to both. Yes a shark died in the process and it was sad but that same process that has been successful with all of the others will save lives. When you know where the sharks are going to feed, breed, and congregate then you can figure out the best ways to help save them. This also helps people like the man that was killed know where and when would not be a good place to swim. ANYONE who gets in the ocean where sharks, stingrays, jellyfish and all the other dangerous sea animals live takes the risk of being hurt or even killed. You cannot blame the death of a person on the actions of another because they may have been in the same area. Perhaps if the wrangler cut the man, drew a red x on him, placed him in a pen, took the shark to open and close his jaws on the poor man then maybe you could blame him. Sharks are wild animals. I am sure that in the process of drugging and putting collars on any animal marked for data collection there were losses. For people to say that he is only out there for a grand fishing trip is stupid. Who wants to spend millions of dollars, weeks or months on a ship with people (such a VETS & Scientists), dealing with weather only to hook a shark? You can go to Mexico and pay a little to get into a safe cage and dive with them. I mean really?!?!? Besides the fact that profanity does nothing to help make your point.

    • Cameron June 10, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

      Your all so wrong, First off Osearch is collecting nothing more then data that has already been collected using less invasive pole tagging and Chris Fischer is nothing more then a sport fisherman. he has no scientific background in white sharks or any sharks for that matter. secondly they are not only hooking an endangered species for study (illegal) they have had numerous mishooks including a white shark that got hooked on its stomach and ended up swallowing a bouy. the osearch researchers responded to this fatal emergency by shoving a foot into the sharks gills from the outside and kicking the bouy out. needless to say the shark passed. Thirdly lifting a one ton animal that was designed to be suspended in water does so much internal damage on both internal organs and potential young so there basic method of lifting the shark alone for study is destructive to the shark. their spot tags frequently go faulty, not transmitting or dettatching and leading to serious malformation and infection of the dorsal fin. All in all Osearch Is nothing more than an attempt at being a sport fisherman catching an endangered species foe the thrill and not the study. Sharks constantly migrate and move to feed so predicting shark safe and unsafe beaches is near impossible. basically Osearch is just pulling big sharks out of their habitat to stress, disorient, and torture them for the sake of the 10-20% of unclaimed scientific research. and if you look into their history you will see that their first supporting scientists have since rejected Osearch as an affiliated organization and have started to question their methods. If they want to gain data they might as well sling the shark next to the boat and drop scientists to take samples and readings. And ya that is high risk but there are people out there who would put themselves at risk (me included) for the sake of sparing the shark torment, pain, and potential death. any “conservation organization” that will accept having a reality show being aired about them has more in mind then helping the species they are trying to study. Its all about money, funding, and ratings and fischer and Osearch make me completely sick.

  4. Linda August 1, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    If you want to be mad at someone then be mad at Japan. They kill whales, sharks, and pretty much any other animal you can think of in thousands for what?……a tin of cheap meat or a “cure all” drug! Shows like Shark Wranglers and Whale Wars are there not only to entertain but to inform as well. The sacrifice those people make to help those animals is far beyond anything most of us would consider. If everyone cared as much as they did then there would not be endangered animals. I think the tree you were hugging was really poison ivy. Why dont you go sign one of those boycott petition websites. You know the ones that get rich from people like you creating stupid petitions. 1 dead shark vs. thousands living hmmmmmmmm…..

    • Dana September 2, 2012 at 12:22 am #

      I am glad to see some intelligent, informed reply’s to Gina’s uninformed one. We can’t help anyone or anything until we know what it needs. That takes data, how does she think advances in human medicine come about. Human testing is a part of it. Every living creature that goes extinct by our own hand or without our intervention could be another step closer to our own demise. Just think how many species would already be gone had we not studied and helped. Unfortunately our learning curve came to late for some but when we know better we do better, that is what the data is all about. As for the one that died, if you remember she was anemic. (Gina)That is a medical condition, that for a wild animal with no medical attention could be and was fatal. Even in her loss we gained knowledge, the fact that they can be anemic and it can be serious.

      • Cameron June 10, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

        And to Dana think of all the species humans have killed out for their tusks, pelts, or other various pieces. conservation studies should be based on non invasive minimal stress testing. not hooking, exhausting, then torturing an OCEAN animal on deck of a boat with no oxygen. Ignorant fucking tool

  5. PS March 8, 2014 at 2:38 am #

    Dana, look at the planet. Our “study” has helped which animals? Only those which are of help to us – that is, all the ones we eat. All the rest have moved closer to extinction the last fifty years or so. Except the whales, of course. Oh, hold on, though, ghe majority killed now are for what? Oh yes, scientific reasearch. Nice.
    Osearch ars a bunch of cowboys maiming majestic creatures for money, and selling it to the public with the gimmick of them being able to track them real time. Jesus, leave them be. Not eveything is there for our half interested, lunchtime amusement.

  6. Mark Hughes April 2, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

    I absolutely love your show .it is such a pity that people regard you as cowboys and fortune seekers but when they go to the beach the first thing they look for is the shark flag. If research is not done as it was in the past we would not have all the shark nets up to protect these individuals but I don’t hear them complaining about the amount of sharks killed by these nets each year. They sign petitions to remove you from tv but don’t say anything about swamp people who indiscriminately kill crocks for money each and every day oh and what about the long lines and shark fin industry ?????? these people need to get their facts right and if they don’t like it change the channel I LOVE SHARKS AND WOULD LOVE TO WORK WITH THEM they are VREY NEEDED in the oceans same like the hyena on land they clean out the weak and dead . Shark research is extremely important but too few are doing it . Education is key but you cant educate without research SO LEAVE THESE PEOPLE ALONE so they can go about their business of formulating plans to protect you and your family when you go to the coast for that long waited holiday Just saying , great job guys keep it up

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