adidas capri pants Jaws of hell as intrepid Scots cameraman conquers deep
Get daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeThank you for subscribing!Deep in the Pacific, more than 1000 miles off the north east coast of Australia, Gordon Buchanan is holding his breath under water trying to spear a fish with a homemade weapon.Night has fallen, he’s disorientated in the dark and, when he sees a shark, he’s obviously spooked.At 45, he’s part of the “Jaws generation” who grew up with Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster film about a killer Great White. The sight of a dorsal fin immediately has the famous John Williams score thundering in his head. And he’s still in the ocean.”I really don’t like this,” he says when he comes up for air.”It is spooky as Hell down there. Every time a little wave breaks at the surface, I think a bloody great shark is coming to get me. I just hope I live to tell the tale.”It’s a scene which is captured in the Scottish cameraman’s new series, Tribes, Predators Me.Animal odyssey as Magical Kenya safari trip gets you up close and personal with majesty of natureIn the first episode, Shark People of the South Pacific, Gordon joins a tribal family on Owarigi island in the Solomon Islands.The men of Owarigi catch fish by free diving and encounter dangerous sharks almost every day and sometimes at night.Gordon has two mentors, Moses and Sosimo, who teach him their ancient fishing techniques, as well as more about the small island’s complex relationship with sharks and how its people are dependent on the ocean to survive.”I know that’s irrational in most places but it’s all tied in with being in an environment you don’t really belong in.”Being in the ocean, holding your breath and diving under, you are leaving behind all that is familiar and all that is required to keep you alive.”It was quite a different prospect going to see an animal I had a rational, or irrational, fear of.”Since Gordon is speaking at his home in Glasgow, he obviously survived. In fact he’s just back from another ocean assignment, filming on a boat in the middle of Atlantic, just off the Azores.Hurricane Irma becomes most powerful storm ever recorded in Atlantic as it prepares to hit Caribbean islandsHe found his sea legs in the Solomon Islands too, and overcame his fear of sharks.He said: “I did discover a connection, absolutely, through spending time with incredible people who do that every day of their lives.”We only found one man on the island who had been a victim of a shark attack. People occasionally go missing at sea but there was nothing in living memory of anyone having been taken conclusively by a shark.(Image: Gordon Buchanan)”I was comfortable with Moses and Sosimo straight away. Being comfortable with the environment they inhabit every single day of their lives to feed their family took a little more time.”But the more I was with them, the more comfortable I became. As far as sharks go, it’s like a horror movie. When you see the monster, you lose your fear of it.”When you see a shark, you see that they are not monsters at all, they are incredibly beautiful creatures just doing their thing. At times they are curious of you, at times they are fearful and run away.”Healthy ocean eco systems have sharks in them but there are millions and millions of tons of shark killed every year.”There was something reassuring about them being there. I did a complete 360 degree turn in that sense. I became fascinated by them. I wouldn’t have any qualms about getting back in the water with them. Maybe not a Great White though.”The new series also sees Gordon visit other remarkable tribal families who live alongside fierce predators eagles in Mongolia and hyenas in Ethiopia.