Sharks, some people love them, some people fear them, and some people never give them a second thought.
But, wherever you fit on that scale, you have to admit that they are magnificent animals.
Perfectly designed for the environment they inhabit, they are the ultimate feat of nature's engineering. We think they are awesome!
Sadly, though, these beautiful creatures are so misunderstood that they are feared by many.
We hope to share our love for these amazing animals and, in doing so, help bring about an understanding that will encourage people from all walks of life to speak up and save our oceans before it's too late.
Save our oceans?
Yes, I say save our oceans rather than save our sharks because without them the balance of our marine environment would be destroyed, and our very existence on the planet would come under threat.
But we're not here to promote the negativity and the controversy that surrounds these animals. We're here to show you how amazing they are and hopefully inspire you to love them too.
'In the end, we will protect only what we love,
we will love only what we understand,
we will understand only what we are taught.'
Senegalese poet and naturalist Baba Dioum
They are cartilaginous fish, or chondrichthyes, as opposed to bony fish.
Our first encounter
Although we both grew up in South Africa, our first encounter with one of these magnificent creatures was off the coast of Devon during our open water scuba diving course.
It was a beautiful little small-spotted catshark. I fell in love immediately but Annemarie was too busy trying not to inhale all of her air in one go. To this day she is the biggest air pig I know so these days we spend more time freediving than scuba diving.
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