We asked Morne what intrigues him about sharks.
“I think the thing that is most intriguing about sharks is the fact that they are nothing like we thought they were 30 years ago. Back then, we thought the best shark is a dead shark, we thought that if we go in the water, the shark will eat us without thinking twice. The more we learnt and the more that sharks educated us, the more we wanted to learn about them. They’re not mindless killers, they’re complex and social. They are curious but cautious, and every shark has its own personality, just like humans.”
Morne’s favorite shark is the white shark, the one he first started working with 25 years ago, and that got him hooked on sharks!
“White sharks are intelligent; they have complex social behavior, just being around them takes your breath away.”
Have you ever been diving with sharks? As Morne says, diving with sharks is not so much about adrenalin; it’s more about a mutual respect between the diver and the shark, about coexisting and learning.
“Each species has a different reaction towards divers, and often negative interactions happen when we make the wrong move or we put the shark in a bad mood with our behavior. Sharks are predators and we must never forget this, but they are not mindless killers. As with most predators, a good tip is to always keep eye contact with the shark who is interacting with you. Never turn your back on them and do not swim away like all its prey does.”