My path to becoming a shark research and wildlife documentary filmmaker started whilst growing up in New Zealand. Here, I became fascinated by nature from an early age. My childhood was spent exploring. From the snow caped mountains of the Southern alps to the beautiful underwater world of New Zealand. My desire to understand and explore nature has driven my entire professional career.
In 2000, I uprooted from New Zealand and travelled to Africa. Here I began my research on the enigmatic and misunderstood great white shark. Africa hosts many of the worlds most charismatic and intriguing wild animals. This is an irrepressible drawcard for someone driven by curiosity, adventure and a desire to experience the wonders of nature. Biological academic pursuits have dominated much of my life. Been a shark researcher has empowered me to satisfy my intrigue of how nature works, and how we as humans can conserve wildlife though knowledge and understanding.
The limitations of science can be frustrating in todays world. We live in a ever quickening society that responds to mass media with few appreciating the slow, methodological approach of a shark researcher. This frustration led me to discover my second passion, that of sharing discoveries and the wonders of our world through wildlife media. Through documentaries, the wonders of nature can entertain millions and grow mass appreciation for this awe inspiring planet we occupy.
Today, I continue to conduct original research on Africa’s great white sharks and the marine ecosystems. I also share the stories of nature through hosting and producing engaging wildlife documentaries. Between adventures I live in a small coastal town called Mossel Bay. Here I live with my wonderful wife Fiona Ayerst, and son (Shark) Finn.
I would like to welcome you to my site. I hope you can learn more about the incredible world that we live in and the amazing species that we get to share it with.