In one of the most challenging acts of conservation ever undertaken, Brit-born Australian, Hannah Fraser (daughter of rock icon, Andy Fraser), comes face-to-face with tiger sharks in the world’s first ever model shoot/dance with the species – first human to ‘dance’ with tiger sharks.
Model/conservationist, Hannah Fraser, plunged face-to-face with swarms of sharks, wild tiger sharks; whilst totally void of any scuba or free-dive equipment – a world’s first.
The objective is to present the magnificent tiger shark in a true and productive light as Hannah is captured in an iconic face-to-face image with a huge 15 foot tiger shark, her hand resting gently on it’s massive head. What makes this shoot entirely unique is that Hannah is devoid of any scuba or free-dive gear. Dressed only in a tiny costume and airbrush body paint to create the perfect artistic impression, Hannah undertook the dive without mask, fins or any sort of protective gear. Hannah was resolute in her mission to create the most groundbreaking imagery to oppose to the culling of tiger sharks.
Teaming up with Emmy Award winning cinematographer and photographer Shawn Heinrichs, and the world’s leading authority on interactions with large “predatory” sharks, Jim Abernethy, the trio embarked on one of the world’s most challenging missions, the first of its kind.
Hannah Fraser comments: “Many people have asked me why I would put my life on the line to do this, especially for predatory sharks. I feel that all animals play an essential role in keeping our ocean ecosystems in balance. We humans have a history of annihilating anything we see as a competition. I advocate for greater understanding and awareness for all sea creatures, and hope to inspire people to see that sharks, are intelligent, and magnificent animals worthy of protection.”
Demand for shark fins is depleting the oceans of their top predators. This can have a destabilizing effect on the marine ecosystem as a whole. The fact remains that under 15 shark fatalities to humans globally around the world have happen , however some humans feel justified in eliminating over 100 million sharks each year. Hannah Fraser turns this vision around by being the world first model shark dive to show the beauty of the bond with sharks.
This is just one exciting chapter in Hannah and Shawn’s journey to bring these stories of inspiration to the planet, with the goal of improving of our oceans. Their journey together will be told in a new feature film, ‘Tears of a Mermaid’, to be released next year.
Video link: Tiger Shark dive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43Z25E-CrQA&feature=youtu.be
Plus the ‘making of the video’: https://vimeo.com/97732688
How can the bond between the sea world and the human race become stronger in a productive way?