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Nat Geo WILD: Ask the Experts!


It takes a pretty extraordinary team to pull off something as big—and gutsy—as Shark Attack Experiment: LIVE. Our divers are no exception. These brave men and women, who’ve volunteered to put their safety on the line and jump into freezing-cold waters surrounded by actual, living and breathing sharks (pointy teeth and all) are, sufficed to say, a pretty extraordinary bunch.

But they’re not just doing it for the thrills. They’re doing this to help sharks, whose populations in the last 60 years have been drastically depleted around the world. As of today, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists more than half of open-ocean shark species as threatened or near-threatened with extinction.

By participating in this project, these shark experts and conservationists hope to raise awareness for the critical issues sharks face today, and help shatter the stereotype that sharks are simply vicious, man-eating monsters—making for safer human-shark interactions and hopefully preventing unnecessary killings.

Read more about everyone on Team Shark Attack.



As of today, our team is on location in Scottburgh, South Africa (outside the town of Durban), setting up their equipment and getting ready for Friday’s big show. And they want to hear from you!

What about this project, or sharks in general, are you curious about?


We’ll post answers from the experts themselves later this week. Promise.

Alison Walsh is Director, Digital Media, for National Geographic Channels. She loves history, space, cats, and the Oxford comma.
  • FA

    What should we do in a shark encounter while diving?

  • […] a meantime, we’re collecting your questions for a group of shark experts and will be posting videos with a answers. © 2011 […]

  • Michelle

    Why has it been such a challenge for researchers to better understand shark mating habits?

  • Steve

    I love sharks, especially ancient sharks. One of my favorite sharks is the Megalodon. It was over 50ft long and ate whales! my question is how long where the offspring of this enormous shark?

  • joshua johnson

    im in high school about to graduate next year im in love with the ocean and i love sharks megaladons are my obsession
    is it possible they still are alive

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