Discover what it’s really like to stare into the eyes of a shark – one of nature’s most terrifying creatures.
Following a year of record numbers of shark attacks, Sharks Never Sleep takes us around the world to meet shark-attack survivors, shark lovers and shark hunters, who tell us of the primal fear of being eaten alive by a wild animal, the unimaginable grief of losing a loved one and extraordinary stories of encounters with sharks.
In Ballina on the east coast of Australia, Darren Rogers recounts how he tried to save Japanese surfer Tadashi Nakahara, who was mauled to death by a great white shark. At Jeffreys Bay in South Africa, Mick Fanning revisits the incident that turned him into a global celebrity – the time he narrowly escaped death by punching a great white in the face during the final of one of the world’s biggest professional surfing competitions. At Jaws on the Hawaiian island of Maui, shark-attack survivor Bethany Hamilton heads into monstrous waves to surf, even after having lost her arm to a tiger shark as a 13-year-old junior surfing champion.
Sharks Never Sleep is award-winning journalist and filmmaker Brendan McAloon’s attempt to exorcise the fear with facts: true stories of encounters with sharks, those man-eating monsters of myth. Explore our complex relationship of fear and fascination with sharks by meeting scientists, conservationists and a host of eccentric characters in these gripping tales of first-hand encounters.