lesley rochat, who runs afrioceans conservation alliance in south africa, is photographed by mark ellis swimming in the bahamas with tiger sharks, considered one of the most dangerous species in the world, to help change their public perception.
“it’s important for me to walk my talk and show people that sharks aren’t monster man eaters with insatiable appetites for humans, but rather beautiful animals we ought to respect and protect,” she said. “they really are baldly misunderstood and need all the help they can get.”
rochat notes that only five people on average are killed by sharks every year, which is less than number of people killed each year by faulty toasters or falling off chairs, and less than the 70 million sharks killed each year by humans.
here are some of the programs shown on the discovery channel for shark week: “great white serial killer”, “spawn of jaws”, “i escaped jaws”, “return of jaws”, “voodoo sharks”, “the monster shark lives”, “alien sharks of the deep”, “sharkpocalypse”.