This 2008 BBC video says about itself:
Shark Therapy: Big Sharks
World champion free-diver Tanya Streeter has a genuine fear of sharks. To conquer this phobia she travels to the Maldives in search of the biggest shark in the world. Initially horrified she goes on to face her first ever night-time free-dive in shark-infested seas, meets the bizarre leopard shark and encounters a shoal of gigantic manta rays. Finally she swims with the biggest shark of them all, the colossal whale shark.
From Wildlife Extra:
Shark Photography Competition – Sharks in Focus 2013 – Calling all shark photographers!
May 2013. The Shark Trust is delighted to announce the launch of Sharks in Focus 2013 – the photography competition that aims to change attitudes about sharks through imagery.
The Trust has spent more than 15 years raising public awareness about the issues facing sharks and challenging the common Jaws stereotype.
Ali Hood, Director of Conservation, stated: ‘Shark photography features prominently in our work, as it’s a great way to engage the public and challenge people’s perceptions of sharks by showcasing and celebrating their diversity, as well as highlighting their vulnerability.’
Judging the images will be three renowned experts in the field of underwater photography – Alex Mustard, whose distinctive style has gained international recognition, Michael Aw, a multi-award winning nature photographer, and Andy Murch, a freelance photojournalist specialising in sharks and rays. Supporters will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite image via Facebook to champion the public’s choice.
The winner of Sharks in Focus 2013 will win a bespoke package of activities based in the Southwest of England. This will include shark watching and snorkelling/diving with tour operator Charles Hood off the Cornish coast and a sleep-over with the sharks at Plymouth’s National Marine Aquarium, amongst other exciting activities. The best shots will also make up the Shark Trust themed 2014 Diver Calendar. All entrants will gain the satisfaction of having contributed to shark conservation and will have their work widely appreciated and showcased through the activities of the Shark Trust.
The competition will run until the 28th August, so be sure to submit your entries in plenty of time. …
Entrants can submit their images to the following categories:
Shark Personality – Sharks are known as formidable predators but they can also be playful, lazy, calm, shy and inquisitive…how do you see them?
Best of British – British waters are home to over 50 species of shark, skate and ray, including some of the fastest and rarest in the world – here’s your chance to help us showcase them.
Skates & Rays – These flat, cartilaginous fish are closely related to sharks, and with over 600 species worldwide, there are more than enough to choose from!
Human Encounters – This category provides an opportunity to explore the relationship between humans and sharks, whether positive or negative.
- Shark sanctuary around New Caledonia (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- A 28-foot dead shark washes up on Rhode Island beach (pennlive.com)
- Ecologists oppose Kenya whale shark plan (capitalfm.co.ke)
- The World’s Biggest Shark – Deadly 60 – BBC (louisianauniverse.wordpress.com)
- Massive Basking Shark Washes Ashore: Scientist to Perform Necropsy (scienceworldreport.com)
- Beachcombers to hunt out ‘mermaid’s purses’ to help protect sharks (guardian.co.uk)
- Batter and Better…. (divingtarvel.wordpress.com)