Analysis Of Glen Hodges's Article 'Swimming With Tigers'

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Most people wouldn't dare to get into shark infested water, let alone cageless, in open water known as “Tiger(shark) Beach” and certainly not without prior shark dive experience...but Glen Hodges defied the majority by doing exactly so. Tiger sharks, “the species responsible for more recorded attacks on humans than any shark except the great white” (88) fill the open water of Tiger Beach and Hodges planned to get up close and personal with them during his dives to see in fact how dangerous this species truly is. In Glen Hodges article "Swimming with Tigers" from the June 2016 issue of National Geographic, he effectively uses logos, ethos and images to present his personal experiences and findings, supporting the unpredictable, unique behavior …show more content…
Because this is a personal experience the statistics and research allow for readers to grasp a better understanding. Hodges continuously explains throughout all parts of the article, but because these sharks are “especially unpredictable” (96). Facts on how this specific species does things such as attack its prey allow for divers to know the best way to act when placed in their environments, presenting to readers that sharks, regardless of the species, will have their own typical behaviors and how they act based on their environment. While many people may cringe at the thought of being anywhere near a shark, Hodges was on the seafloor of tiger beach hand feeding the sharks. Hodges explains why it is ‘safe’ to be at sharks level at tiger beach, “you’re not blindly paddling or swimming at the surface of the water, like most attack victims. “You’re down at the sharks’ level, presenting yourself as something other than prey” (91). This reasoning causes readers to see that if these divers can be at the ocean floor, cageless, hand feeding the species responsible for the second most shark attacks, they can not be as deadly as many people …show more content…
Hodges provides multiple images and graphics throughout the article that allow readers to get a better viewpoint of the open water experience and to gain more knowledge of the sharks as a whole. The up close image of the diver within 10 feet of the Tiger shark (86) allows readers to see how close Hodges and his fellow divers got to be to the sharks. It makes readers think to themselves, “Just how dangerous could these sharks be if they are allowing divers to be this close to them without considering them prey.” Divers just need to know the behaviors of the sharks they are working with, such as that these Tiger sharks do not see you as prey because you are at their level with them - and because Tigers rely on surprise attacks with them in close eye of the divers they lose their element of attack. A multiple page fold out Sharks: Lords of the Sea is provided within the article between pages 96 and 97, filled with background and facts on multiple shaks. This provides readers with a stronger overall sharl knowledge as it presents facts on the each shark, such as diet, location, and build. This outside information allows for readers to compare Tiger sharks to other sharks and make their own observations and thoughts towards sharks. An additional link to photos in action with the Sharks is provided so that willing, or interested readers have access to those to get even more into Hodges

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