South Australia, home of the Great White Shark, is where we capture rare and dramatic footage of this wonderful creature.
It's true, Great White Sharks have a reputation of being the world's most feared and terrifying predator. However, their reputation is mainly based on ignorance and a lack of experience when working with these magnificent animals. We believe they are also one of the most beautiful and awe inspiring animals in the worlds oceans.
The Great White Sharks we film in South Australia are commonly over four meters or 12 feet long, with mature females usually much larger and heavier than the males. Many of these sharks have been tagged by researchers like Rodney and Andrew Fox, in an effort to gather information on the movements of the individuals visiting our filming locations.
Great White Sharks predominantly feed on pelagic fish such as Tuna, Snapper, and Yellowtail. They also feed on other sharks and stingrays, scavenge dead fish and whales and actively hunt seals and sea lions. Humans are not hunted by sharks, but sharks are opportunistic feeders, and with more people entering the shark's environment with their leisure activities, some people have come in contact or been attacked by Great White Sharks.
The Great White is a so called "Apex Predator" at the top of the marine food chain, and as such is threatened by few other species, except Man. Shark populations around the world are under enormous pressure from humans and world shark numbers have fallen dramatically in recent years. The Great White, a slow breeding shark, has been listed as a threatened species due to this population decline. The drop in numbers seems to be a direct result of commercial fishing, accidental kills, and trophy hunters cashing in on the general hysteria surrounding sharks. To help stop this population decline of the Great White Shark, it is now a protected species in Australia, South Africa and other parts of the world.
Andrew Fox has been working closely with Great White Sharks since the first Shark filming and research expeditions began in South Australia. With a Biological Science Degree, Andrew currently runs shark research, observation and filming trips to the Neptune islands and has been studying the behavior of sharks off the West Coast since 1979.
Based in Adelaide, Andrew and Rodney Fox together established the "Fox Shark Research Foundation" to identify individual sharks and research the number of White sharks off the southern Australian coastline. They maintain an extensive White Shark tagging program and their ongoing research contributes to the pool of information about this spectacular creature.
Rodney Fox was attacked by a Great White Shark at Aldinga Beach in South Australia during December 1963. His attack is one of the worst shark attacks ever recorded and the details of that event have been endlessly documented. His story has become one the most famous accounts of survival from the jaws of a Great White Shark.
Both Rodney and Andrew Fox are regarded as world authorities on Australia's Great White Sharks and with over 40 years experience working with these animals they are committed to the study and conservation of the Great White Shark.