Hails from: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Currently lives in: Wherever I am filming! Right now, splitting time between LA and Toronto
Favorite Place: That’s tough. A tie between Muskoka, Canada, Sanibel Island, Florida and Madagascar.
Favorite Things to Do: Yoga, discover new bands, freedive, eat mangos
Favorite Shark: I have never met a shark I don’t adore. From the smallest cat shark to a whale shark, they all have a special place.
What shark are you most like and why?
I have been told I am a white shark – I guess because, like a white shark, I have a strong personality, and I am very bold, curious and tenacious.
If you could tell people one thing about about sharks and/or the oceans, what would it be?
Sharks have roamed the seas for more than 400 million years. As the first vertebrate with jaws, sharks predate the dinosaurs by 150 million years, have formed the planet as we know it, and are one of our most important life support systems. As shark populations plummet, we risk disrupting the ecosystem that sustains much of our population, produces half of the atmosphere’s oxygen, and consumes much of the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide.
I have always been drawn to the water. By the age of 18 I became a scuba instructor trainer and then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, studying in Ontario, Jamaica and Kenya.
Before making Sharkwater (2007), I spent four years travelling the world as chief photographer for the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s magazines and as an award-winning freelance journalist. Leading expeditions to the most remote areas of the world, I have logged thousands of hours underwater, using the latest in re-breather and camera technologies.
While on assignment to photograph sharks in the Galapagos Islands, I discovered illegal long lining, an indiscriminate fishing method killing countless sharks within the marine reserve. I tried promoting awareness through print campaigns, but when the public didn’t respond, I decided to make a film to bring people closer to sharks. So at the age of 22, I left my photography career behind and embarked on a remarkable journey over 5 years and through 15 countries resulting in the epic film: Sharkwater. And the rest, is well, history! I started working with the Angels in 2007.
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