by Elizah Leigh
Categories: Animals, Film/TV, People, Video
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Some sing tender lullabies to their children, others croon heart-swelling tunes to their sweethearts while on bended knee, but no one (in their right mind, that is) has ever dared to eek out even one solitary note while in the company of a Great White Shark…unless you count screaming for your life as a form of musical expression. Leave that distinction to accomplished wildlife cinematographer Andy Brandy Casagrande IV, who will go down in infamy as being the only dude loopy enough to add ‘shark serenader’ to his list of life accomplishments.

It wouldn’t be unreasonable to imagine that the water pressure that the 33 year old’s cranium is repeatedly subjected to while he captures magical deep sea footage for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic and Animal Planet might have finally compromised his judgment, but whatever the case, Casagrande fancies himself a modern day deep sea troubadour for Selachimorpha. Brandishing a waterproof guitar, he’s filmed himself singing his self-penned (now classic) song “If I Was A Great White Shark, I Wouldn’t Bite You” at great ocean depths while sharks swoop by him…and no, he’s not relying on the security of a cage for bodily protection, either.

To understand the method to his madness, it helps to get a little back story. It turns out that Casagrande has been enchanted by Great Whites ever since he was a 7 year old boy eagerly watching National Geographic documentaries. Through his song and video, he hopes to “inspire protection, conservation, education and further research into the lives of these amazing animals. The lyrics are meant to give great white sharks a voice for their survival.”  Okay, now it all makes sense…I think. Check out his website for more information regarding what makes him tick and keep your fingers crossed that he enjoys the pleasure of life with all of his appendages intact for many many years to come!

Via Asylum

  • David

    Sharks are amazing and non-threatening animals who’ve been vilified by pop culture and the media. Folks should watch Sharkwater to see what sharks are really like and why making them seem “savage” is detrimental to their survival and ours. Glad to see this guy promoting shark conservation and hope he helps to show the media how great these animals really are.

    • David

      You are completely right. And I think you have a great name.

      Sharks are just like other large predators (lions, tigers, polar bears, wolves, etc.). They will almost never target humans as long as we don’t disturb them and/or display prey like behavior. And like other large predators, sharks are vital to a health ecosystem.

      I think the biggest reason sharks get a bad reputation is mainly the fact that they aren’t mammals so people can’t relate to them as much. And combine this with the fact that sharks occur world wide, so unlike other non-mammal predators like crocs, alligators and the Komodo Dragon, more people have a higher chance of actually encountering them.

      • David

        Jaws the movie was by far the worst thing for sharks as a species.

        PS. Great names. :)

  • georfina0912

    HA! i Love it!!!

    Even though i have only seen bull sharks and reef white tip sharks in my past dives i do like them a lot, respect them, and expect to see more species as i dive more and more. Oh, and i have been enchanted by sharks since i was maybe 18-19 and thanks to Shark Week!

    These creatures are so beautiful, sleek, and have evolved through years to be able to live in these contaminated oceans, facing human threats, and other problems; these guys are extreme survivors. It is saddening to hear people say things like “the only good shark is a dead one” and stupid things like that because those people do not know anything about them. They just speak from the fear that has been instilled in them by Hollywood and the media.

    Good for Casagrande, and if i ever saw a Great White i would probably want to rub his/her belly…

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