I have done some pretty crazy things in my life, but nothing as crazy as Michael Rutzen. This man has actually ridden a great white shark! Yeah you read that right he got into the open ocean without a dive cage and actually used a Great White Shark as a method of underwater transportation. The craziest thing is that he is still alive today! How did he do this crazy stunt?
First you should know that Michael Rutzen has years of scientific study on sharks under his belts. He has dedicated his life to the study of sharks and in particular the Great White Shark. The Great White is unanimously considered the most dangerous and fierce shark on the planet. Although there is proof that the Great White is dangerous and capable of deadly attacks on humans there isn’t a lot of evidence that Great Whites are man eaters as depicted in the movie “Jaws”. Michael has been working to dispel that ideology about Great White Sharks.
Michael Rutzen has recently gained fame because he free dives with Great White sharks as often as conditions will permit him to. He can be seen on the Discovery channel and the Animal Planet in a documentary about his free diving experiences with sharks. Michael Rutzen is not only well known for free diving with the White sharks but also for his ability to hypnotize these White sharks with his special touch. He is an amazing shark expert, check out this article about one of his free diving experiences with a Great White.
Now Michael does believe that the White Shark is not as dangerous as people normally think but he acknowledges that these are wild animals and are capable of killing a human anytime they wish. He only free dives with these magnificent animals when the conditions are just right and you have the right shark. He also likes to remind people that not just anyone should get into the water with a White Shark. You might get in with one but it’s the open ocean and there could soon be eight and not all White Sharks have the same personality. Michael is a highly trained professional and doesn’t want anyone to get hurt trying what he does unless they have been trained and educated for years and know how to free dive with the sharks properly.
Michael Rutzen also has his own website Shark Diving Unlimited, check him out there. Michael Rutzen has a magical touch, or at least so it would seem. Michael is the only person that I have ever seen with the ability to make a White Shark come to the surface, open its jaws, and arc out of the water in a magnificent way. No one knows why the sharks display this behavior but it is amazing to see, I have an image of Michael performing the maneuver so be sure to check out all the pictures I have added.
I think it’s amazing what Michael is doing with these sharks and not just his free diving with them. He also is proving a point, he wants the world to know that the Great White isn’t what we all see in the movie “Jaws”, and he wants to get the message out that the Great White isn’t a man eater. Michael wants to educate people on the behavior of the Great White so they understand how the shark thinks and works. Once you know the behavior of the shark then you start to realize that although they are dangerous they aren’t targeting humans. Watching all the documentaries and work that Michael has done has made me realize that all though I still do fear these creatures I don’t think of them as vicious killers any longer.
It’s amazing to see Michael grab on to the dorsal fin of a Great White and ride the animal around casually. It’s something I would never imagine myself seeing or believing. It’s quite real what this man does, and I suggest you do some research into Michael and his work. Check out his interview on this page.
Check out all of the pictures you won’t believe your eyes!