Many years ago I approached infamous shark hunter 'Mark the Shark' our of Miami, Florida for an interview. He invited me on the boat where I witnessed him running charters where customers could catch their own sharks. Mark and I have remained friends ever since. He's meant to be my enemy, he's proud of removing hundreds of thousands of sharks out of the oceans, tigers, hammer heads, threshers and many of the species I haven't even seen yet. Yet I took a different approach to Mark because I wanted to know more, I wanted to be involved in his recreation and his customers.
This friendship allowed me to only a few years later, take the next generation of shark hunters, Marks children, swimming with sharks for the first time. It was an idea I had all along but my friendship with mark built the trust that allowed it to happen. Mark will never change his ways or come see sharks in the wild with me, but his amazing children, Maverick and Savannah, who already have a lot of experience hunting sharks, were thrilled to come see sharks with me.
I didn't do what I did to convert them or to turn them against their dad, I just wanted them to have a friend on our side willing to show them that hunting isn't the only way to get close to sharks.