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Few things in nature can match the monstrous horror of a great white shark attack. Perhaps no one knows this better than Rodney Fox who, as a young man, barely survived an attack of a great white shark attack while diving offshore in Australia. But gradually, fear and anger gave way to a deeper understanding and growing respect for his nemesis. Bringing together filmmakers, photographers, and scientists studying shark behavior in a natural environment, Rodney Fox decided to devote his life to the preservation rather than the destruction of the great white shark. Now, National Geographic brings you this incredible true-life adventure, capturing on film some of the most gripping images of the great white and other sharks ever recorded. Revealing new insights into the behavior of this often misunderstood animal, HUNT FOR THE GREAT WHITE SHARK is the remarkable story of one man's survival and courage to change from hunter to protector.
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Australian spear fisherman Rodney Fox almost became a fish's dinner when he was attacked by a great white shark in 1963. Nearly bitten in half, Fox was saved by being rushed to a hospital and stitched back together by surgeons, a feat that seems utterly amazing when you see operating room photographs of his horrendous wounds. In this documentary produced by National Geographic, Fox recounts the story of his attack and goes on to explain how the gruesome experience actually changed his life for the better. Fox became fascinated by sharks, and devoted the next three decades to tracking sharks, filming them in their natural habitats, and working to preserve the species against attacks by man. In a sad irony, Fox worked as a technical adviser to the film Jaws, and the hit movie inadvertently inspired people to hunt and kill sharks at an alarming pace. Most shark species are harmless, and are extremely valuable to the ecosystem of the world's oceans. And, though nearly killed by a shark himself, Fox is able to say, after decades of studying the mysterious animals, "I'm less frightened by them now than I was before my attack." This is a fascinating documentary, and the lyrical underwater photography deserves special mention. --Robert J. McNamara
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