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And bodybuilder David -- -- -- South Africa was killed by a great white shark near the coast of Cape Town on Thursday.
Now summer point fingers at the reality TV show shark man may have been shooting in the area recently using chum to attract some of the animals.
But could TV show really be to blame for his death.
George Burgess is a shark it.
The museum of natural history -- joins us this morning George nice to see this morning can a TV show.
-- it really be responsible.
For the death of a body -- Bottom up the TV show but.
Attracting and animals whether it's that sharks with -- in the water.
Or -- beating the bears or the the alligators.
Certainly is that an attractive back and in some cases will lead to.
Increased numbers of animals that a particular site.
That one time this show -- on TV -- shark man.
Was on National Geographic we have a statement from National Geographic.
About this incidents as we have not renewed the series we have no plans to at the moment and are not filming new episodes -- this time there for the filming mentioned.
Is not for National Geographic channel or future episodes of shark -- Shark net the crew does say that they were there but I think George just just just raise the question -- more and more reality shows are using wild animals some of them are set.
In the -- -- in the wild I know you're opposed to some of this because it changes sort of -- natural course of things so.
Yeah the of course.
People expressed concern relative to the healthy humans than and I guess my -- -- on that is that if people choose to do these acts there accepting that risk and if the occasional person gets injured.
Well they've signed up for that tour.
But the animals -- -- and the feeding of animals.
Again whether it be sharks or other animals.
Results in a fundamental change in their behavior in their ecology.
And then of course in in the abundance of the animals that a particular place which of course is why we feed them -- which is to get from their predictably were.
A user group.
The documentary filmmaker Chris the Fisher defended the filming of this particular episode saying the crew had left the area three days ago.
In your experience and protesters have now taken a social media saying it's because of this group of individuals -- charming the waters.
That led to his death is it possible -- on your shark expertise.
Three days ago -- the waters would sharks still be in that area in -- that area.
Of course for it -- all would depend on.
On how long and how prolonged and how how pronounced the feeding was done you know one time.
Throwing over fish probably not but if it was done for a prolonged period -- and repetitively.
It very well could have attracted animals.
And and of course.
Shark oftentimes stay in an area for.
A period of time so three days would not be wholly unreasonable.
That said I have to register what complaining your question.
You said in fasting the area.
Infestation is something we think about what parasites.
Sharks don't infested area they lived there.
Live there now thank you for correcting -- setting of a different word to describe it I guess inhabiting showing up there because of all the charming.
Yeah and I mean I think your for your five point charges that you know when animals Begin to associate human beings with food it.
On dangerous things can happen George Burgess we really appreciate you coming on to from the Florida museum of natural history thanks so much your expertise this morning six.
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