An exclusive interview with the Shark Diver & Conservation Enthusiast
The preservation of sharks is extremely crucial. Most people don’t know, but sharks play a huge role in our ecosystem. Sharks maintain and control the species below them in the food chain. Without sharks, we wouldn’t have a healthy ocean. They are beautiful, misunderstood creatures that should be respected rather than hunted.
As a native South Floridian, I’ve been in the water for as long as I could remember. The majority of my baby pictures are taken at the beach or near the ocean. I became scuba certified at fourteen and have been free diving for almost six years. My uncle was the main reason why I started diving and he motivated me to keep moving forward and push myself to get better.
I went on my first shark dive almost three and a half years ago, but I have been well acquainted with the ocean for years.
One of my most memorable and unforgettable shark dives was in the Bahamas, April 2017. It was my first time diving in the Bahamian waters with tiger sharks. I remember my first drop that day: Emma, one of the most famous and photographed sharks... swam right up to me, and I gently redirected her. I had never been in the presence of a shark that big. It was a bit overwhelming at first but easily became such a surreal moment; I’ll never forget it.