A West-Australian abalone diver explains the danger abalone divers face every day when diving for abalone. One of which includes having to work in the direct path great white sharks on a daily basis.
Mark Payne is a second generation abalone diver. He describes the special equipment he uses while diving for abalone. As he puts it, abalone diving isn’t for everyone. Its is a dangerous job in a treacherous, but very beautiful environment to dive in.
Abalone are shelled mollusks that sit on the sea floor and feed on seaweed and algae. They are easy to collect. However, the major challenge of the job have to do with working in the direct path of great white sharks every day. He explains how his cage is his major defense against attacks by the great whites that frequent the area.
Watch the clip below to see how Mark dives for abalone and manages the challenges presented by great white sharks.
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