Monday, July 6, 2009

New White Shark Dive Site - Official


SAN ANSELMO, Calif., July 4, 2009 – Shark Divers CEO Patric Douglas unveiled the world’s newest white shark aggregation site exclusively for film and television productions today with the release of the first ever video of these animals.

“We have code-named the site ‘Oceania,’” says Douglas. “Its exact location will be kept a closely guarded secret until the first productions have captured the complete story here”.

A limited number of production companies will be introduced to the site in 2010 (January through April), in order to maintain the location's pristine, untamed nature, as well as for the benefit of the white sharks. Typically, divers are encountering up to 10 animals a day in 100-foot visibility. The site enjoys a potential for strong conservation and research storylines. "This site offers the finest traditions of exploration, research, and adventure,” explains Douglas. “The fact that it is almost 2010 and sites like these are being discovered is a testament to how little we know of the oceans and the unlimited possibilities still open to us."

“You only discover new sites like this once every 10 years," says Douglas. "Expect to be blown away.”

“As a production company looking for the next great shark show concept, you need a professional, shark-centric company to assist with the development of your ideas," says Douglas. “This is what we do: pro-shark productions with an emphasis on shark research." For the past 8 years, Shark Divers’ parent company, Shark Diver, has been innovating and supporting ground-breaking Mexican shark research at Isla Guadalupe, Mexico with U.C Davis and CICIMAR, one of Mexico’s leading marine institutions.

About Shark Divers

As a film, television and tourism subsidiary of the commercial shark diving company Shark Diver, Shark Divers provides access to unique shark sites worldwide in a cost-effective environment with an eye towards shark production values that go light years beyond "the man on the sand with the bait crate." Shark Divers' experienced crews not only know sharks, but also have extensive experience in film, television, current research and current trends in shark productions. Shark Divers' crews are a unique group of shark researchers and underwater-film experts who can show your production company shark sites and storylines that capture the public’s imagination.

About Shark Divers’ Staff

Shark Divers CEO Patric Douglas began his 18-year career in adventure tourism escorting 21-day tours through China, Bali, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America – both on and off the water. With his experience in eco-tourism, branding, shark research, film and television, Patric Douglas brings to the company a strong vision and years of on the ground experience.

Marine Biologist Luke Tipple is Shark Divers’ Dive Safety Officer and Offshore Manager. With extensive experience diving with and filming predatory sharks including great white sharks, his knowledge of animal behavior, dive safety procedures, and film production has greatly enhanced productions for the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, Spike Network, and others.

As Shark Divers’ primary cinematographer, Richard Theiss, who has spent the past five years filming the great white sharks of Isla Guadalupe, has supplied dramatic footage ranging from sharks to spiders to the Arctic Circle for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Google Earth, the History Channel, and others. He also produced the award-winning documentary, “Island of the Great White Shark.”

For more information, visit the Shark Divers website at or contact Patric Douglas at

Shark Divers | “Changing the way the public sees white sharks…forever”

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Sharkin John said...

Did I read something that said location is somewhere in Southern Ocean or Southern Hemisphere? What are the water temps? Kinda like the thought of comfy 70s like Guadalupe lol!

Shark Diver said...

Hi S.J,

Yes, Southern Hemisphere and just like 'Lupe in almost every regard, except the animals tend to be bigger and more of them, making this site a very special place;)

DaShark said...

"Southern Hemisphere" huh - you've just cut down the list of possible locations by 50%!
What's next: Western or Eastern Hemisphere? The way I see this, this may be a difficult question to answer!

If ever there was an "unveiling" that revealed precisely zilch, this is it! (:

Yer sure keeping ALL the cards bloody close to yer chest - but I guess that's what u must do, lest some desperado barges in & ruins it 4 everybody.

Anyway, I'll keep sticking to my prediction - so far so good!

Again: kudos!
Great job and very crafty, too!

Shark Diver said...

We did include the Albatross in the shot so that should help;)

If anyone thought we were going to to post lat and long I am afraid they went away unhappy this week.

This site has limited protections for the sharks and a huge downside if fishing pressure and or rampant tourism strikes these animals.

The land rush of self styled shark experts with degrees in gravel barge operation, or worse, could have a devastating effect.

Our *hope* is by rolling out the site with two or three good doco's that tell the tale of the rarity of these sites and the needs for charismatic megafauna protections - we might somehow get those protections in place, in time.

Media is one key to the survival of sharks. Media = Action

DaShark said...

Amen to that my friend!

Sharky said...

"Media is one key to the survival of sharks. Media = Action"

Words of wisdom.

Frank Fisher "call me brian" said...

There you guys go being all cool again, damn I can't go anywhere on the internets without seeing you somewhere doing something;)

Sharkin John said...

Well so much for my far reaching hope of an undiscovered gathering of Great Whites closer to home. The Jan-April season made me think of a possibility. I hope it gets the protections it needs and it does not become another Guadalupe where any day Mexico could shut it down. JAWESOME work guys!!!

Anonymous said...

I think "oceania" is possibly located near the Chatham islands. The Ocean topography, wildlife, and abundence of food makes it a possibility.

Tom Russell said...

you say the sharks are above average size. the water looks blue makeing me think above the 40 th parallel you show black browed albi's. are there southern elephant seals present the richest food they eat? narrowing it down. Thank you for being born with a curious mind.;)