Dean encountered his first shark while snorkeling the Florida Keys in 1978 as a marine biology student at the University of Miami, FL.. (a "massive" four foot nurse shark which almost scared him out of the water!) After logging >500 wreck dives along the Northeast from Long Island to North Carolina, he took a research position in San Diego CA. where he became a research diver for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Stephen Birch Aquarium and Museum in San Diego, CA
In 1998 he accepted an offer to research Great Whites off South Africa and his shark diving encounters and research include: Great White sharks of South Africa, Whale and Hammerhead sharks of the Sea of Cortez, Blue and Mako sharks of Southern California, and Sandtiger sharks off the North Carolina. Dean acquired his NAUI Divemaster rating while crewing on-board a South African white shark research and ecotourism vessel and was elected into the Explorers Club. Currently, Dean is the Education Director and expedition leader for the Shark Research Institute.
Presentation: HappyValentines, SEALed with a Great White kiss!
Join Dean Fessler of the Shark Research Institute as he presents interactions and behaviors of the Great White Sharks off the coast of South Africa and Guadalupe Island, Mexico. Encounters between researchers and divers most have never seen demonstrating that the much maligned white shark featured in JAWS is NOT a man-eating monster, rather an apex predator trying to survive while exhibiting a greater brain capacity than previously portrayed - "all this machine does is swim, and eat, and make little sharks; NOT!
INFERNO AT SEA
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