Captain Brett McBride is the first man in the water and the last man out. From his first day aboard a fishing vessel at age 5 to becoming the primary captain of the MV OCEARCH, Brett has pushed himself to solve the most dangerous challenges imaginable. A world-class mariner who's worked with Chris Fischer for over 15 years, he's an expert at "reading the water" from above and below. He uses simple solutions for the complex problem of capturing and releasing large predators, including jumping into the water next to them on the lift. Brett is a seasoned diver, expert free-diving spearfisherman, big wave surfer and avid conservationist. Summing up the dangers of "hand-lining" great white sharks, he says, "The first two minutes of a shark being on are the most dangerous—you're standing inches from a coil of line that can catch your leg in a split second while trying to safely pull in an animal that's 10 to 15 times your weight—while making sure the buoys are flying out without getting hit by what amounts to a cement soccer ball." He adds, "Everything we do is to reduce impact to the shark—in essence, we agree to put ourselves at risk to avoid risk to them."
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