Along with human/shark interaction specialist Steven Surina, guests (i.e. movie, culture and sport celebrities) will learn about sharks, both to understand them through their behavior and to dive with them.
Each episode will focus on a different species with which human/shark interaction is possible. We will get to identify the behaviour of sharks and thereby deduce how a diver should behave in order to make both contact and interaction safe.
The series will take us to Mexico with the bull shark. South Africa with the blue shark, bonito shark, the broadnose sevengill and the sand-tiger shark. The Bahamas with the tiger shark and the great hammerhead. The Coco islands with the scalloped hammerhead. The Philippines with the pelagic thresher. The Maldives with the whale shark. To Guadelupe in Mexico with the great white shark, uncaged.
During this initiation trip he will meet the actors concerned with protection, eco-tourism and studies of sharks.
Recent studies have shown that a new interest in sharks has been arising in the general public. In some areas of the world, interaction with sharks holds significant economical, if not patrimonial, value. Diving with sharks has become a popularized and increasingly common activity.
Nevertheless, to date, little fieldwork has been undertaken to highlight the importance of human behaviour during interactions with sharks. Even the most experienced divers tend to think they know, while in fact relying on received, often flawed, ideas. In their defence, there is currently very little documentation of human/shark interaction : how to behave when confronted with specific situations and behaviours, how to read body language etc.
For the general public all sharks are dangerous, aggressive, and even « man-eaters ».
For marine and terrestrial ecosystems sharks are vital, and yet they are silently disappearing. In a playful tone, these are the questions the series will answer :
• How to present a positive portrayal of sharks ?
• How to teach shark-diving ?
• How can eco-tourism become influential in local shark protection ?