Exclusive: Nat Geo WILD Tiger Shark Terror, star Matt Skumall says “Still much we don’t know about sharks”

Matt Skumall

Premiere, swimming with tiger sharks, on Monday July 24th, 2017, at 5pm PT, 8pm ET on DirecTV

By Gabrielle Pantera

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2017/7/24 – “For recreational divers, shark diving allows them to get up close to animals that are typically relatively shy,” says Tiger Shark Terror star Matt Skumall. “Close encounters between humans and sharks are typically rare, given the number of people and sharks in the ocean everyday. But, shark diving allows the opportunity to see these animals in their natural environment. It also allows divers to better understand that sharks are extremely cognizant and selective predators. For scientists, shark diving provides an opportunity to observe sharks and study them non-invasively.”

 

“I have learned that sharks are more cognizant of their surrounding and selective in their food sources than most people realize,” says Skumall. “They are large predators, but extremely cautious and selective in what they eat even to the point of passing over dead fish, carcasses, etc. There is still much we don’t know about sharks and what drives their behaviors. New advances in technology are advancing marine research, but the logistical difficulties of working in this environment are still a challenge.”

“Tiger sharks are my favorite, but deep-sea species like the big eye six gill are a close second,” says Skumall.

“Behavior from day to night is difficult to assess,” says Skumall. “Natural observations of sharks over long time frames are rare. Traditional tagging methods have not yet been able to fully answer how sharks modify their behavior between day and night. However, new tag packages that record video, activity monitors, accelerometers, temperature/depth, and movement may help answer these questions.”

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