How did you come up with the idea to write Sharks & People?
The idea for pho me more than a decade ago. While sitting in a seedy bar along the South African coast night after night, I chipped away at a book I was writing about white sharks. As word spread of what I was up to, I found myself spending most of my evenings talking to people about sharks. There is a hunger for knowledge about these animals and how they relate to our lives. From burley bikers to grandmothers, I conversed with all types until the wee hours of the morning. After several nights of this, I had my ‘a-ha’ moment.
I realized that many people want to talk about sharks, but there is an abundance of misinformation, which feeds into the culture of fear surrounding these popular predators. So I vowed to create a book that investigates and reports on the complex and contentious relationship between ‘Jaws’ and us. Sharks & People is the culmination of my 10-year journey as a photographer, journalist and marine biologist investigating, experiencing and exploring the shark/human interface.