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Diver’s Shark Bite in Farallon Islands Was an ‘Accident,’ Not an Attack

Indépendamment de l’accident lui-même, appréciez le titre de l’article américain en comparaison de celui d’un journal français : « Le réalisateur Ron Eliott survit à une attaque de requin »… Décidément, les « journalistes » français ont une bien piètre considération pour leurs propres écrits : préfèrent-ils un titre accrocheur (un tantinet mensonger) par manque de confiance en leur prose?

En tout cas, si vous voulez des faits, les voici.

Ron Elliott est pêcheur d’oursins depuis une quinzaine d’années dans les îles de Farallon* (EU). Il pêche au narguilé. Il tourne également des documentaires. C’est justement alors qu’il tournait des scènes pour son prochain film « Near Miss », qu’il a été mordu au bras par un grand requin blanc. Il a plus de 400 « rencontres » avec des grands blancs à son actif. « J’aime la solitude et le calme, et les requins gardent les foules au loin », déclare Ron Elliott.

A commercial sea urchin diver and documentary filmmaker’s run-in with a shark bite in the Farallon Islands has been described as an “accident” rather than an attack.

Ron Elliott, identified as the man bit on the arm by a great white shark on October, 23 morning at the Farallon Islands, has experienced hundreds of encounters with sharks. The documentary filmmaker is well-known in the Pacific Ocean community as one of the few to actively dive for sea urchins at the islands without a protective cage.

Around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, the United States Coast Guard and San Francisco Police Department’s Marine Unit responded to his distress call from the Farallon Islands. Medivac crews applied first aid and hoisted him onto a helicopter that transported him to the Stanford Medical Center in stable condition, police said Thursday.

Elliott told the responders that he was filming video when a great white shark bit his right arm. But Mary Jane Schramm, spokesperson for the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, says it was more of an “accident” than an attack.

“He simply learned to work with the white sharks in their habitat by learning their behaviors. He’s part of the background” Schramm says. But this time, Elliott “got in the way.”

According to the Diving Almanac, Elliott has had more than 400 encounters with great white sharks at the Farallon Islands. Schramm doesn’t know of other free divers in the area without cages.

The Farallon Islands look rugged and tough but is rather fragile, Schramm says. Because it’s managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the few permitted to go out there have many regulations to be aware of. (A handful of researchers often with Point Blue Conservation Science live out there for some periods of time.)

Elliott, Schramm says, “respects the sharks” by passively filming the wildlife and refrains from disrupting habitats. He is featured in new film Near Miss, which premieres in San Francisco in February, and was the subject of a short film Devil’s Teeth.

“I like the solitude and the quiet, and the sharks definitely keep the crowds away,” Elliott said in the film.

Source : SF Weekly, October 27, 2018

* Pour info, entre 1946 et 1970, l’archipel des Farallon a servi de décharge nucléaire pour l’US Navy. On estime que 48 000 futs de déchets faiblement radioactifs ont été immergés au large des îles.

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