I usually tell the story of the smaller animals in my underwater films, this time I went BIG.
In the last 50 years alone, we demolished more than 90% of sharks population world-wide. We seem to still not understand that killing the sharks is killing our oceans.
I had to go and meet these animals in person before they are no more. I was already working in Fiji, so I traveled to Beqa Lagoon where the locals hand feed the sharks.
I’m not a fan of feeding, but it’s better than killing them. It was such an adrenalin rush, being face to face with sharks, in a way that could never happen otherwise. I know that sharks don’t eat people and I already approach every animal with the utmost respect, especially when they are 2-3 times my size, so I went diving without a cage or any protection.
I found myself surrounded by 12ft Bull sharks and even got a kiss from a 16ft female Tiger shark…. Twice.
These animals are not stupid fish nor aimless killing machines as we like to think. in fact , they are very smart and graceful.