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How to film the perfect Great White Shark breach attack

The Great White Shark Breach Attack Nothing beats capturing a great white shark breach attack on camera! They explode out of the water on an unsuspecting prey in a display of extraordinary power and grace. This sequence is a favorite dream of every wildlife camera operator for very obvious reasons. Whilst 10 years ago, filming a shark breaching on a

Ask Ryan

Hi students and aspiring shark biologists, this post will be constantly updated with the interviews and questions I answer for students about sharks, shark teeth, shark attacks, careers as a shark biologist and all those cool sharky things. If you have a project, and I am unavailable for an interview, please feel free to use these

Audio Interview - Ryan Johnson talks to Planet Earth Diver

Here is a quick radio interview I gave to planet earth diver. Gives a good synopsis of the research we are conducting here in South Africa. How should a diver behave in the water with a bull shark? Are shark dives harming or benefiting sharks? Today I am excited to talk sharks with shark expert and explorer Ryan

The 10 greatest shark documentaries NEVER made

For 15 years shark documentaries have been a big part of my life. I have a pretty good idea of what producers, commissioners and audiences are looking for in terms of a great shark documentary. Unfortunately, many pitches for shark documentaries follow the old-fashioned formula – the classic ‘shark attack‘ docco appealing to our primal fear of

Question & Answers: Ryan Johnson talks to the Washington Post about sharks

In this interview, the Washington post opened up there lines to callers and social media. Some really great questions from the public about sharks and my views on them. This interview was just after the release of the my documentary ‘Sharkville’ where myself and the production crew from Obsessively Creative discovered and documented great white