I love big, mean squids

I love big, mean squids

SINGAPORE - If you've seen close-up footage of sharks on National Geographic Channel and BBC, there is a high chance that Luminox brand ambassador and ocean conservationist Scott Cassell, 51, was involved.

The underwater explorer has made dozens of programmes on marine life, with several featuring fearsome predators like the great white shark.

The combat diver, who is in Asia to explore Malaysian and Brunei waters with his submersible, The Great White, talked to My Paper about close encounters with giant squids, his love affair with a great white shark, and the dire state of the ocean.

Tell us about your special connection with sharks.

Some people love cats, some people love dogs, I love sharks that way. I have played with sharks many times.

In the Bahamas, I played fetch with a 1,000-pound tiger shark. She has a licence plate that she uses like a chew toy. When you throw it, she gets excited, and swims after it.

Almost every shark I've met has this ability, you just have to find what they like. They are playful and extremely curious. They're just like great puppies.

How are they important to the environment?

Last year I was diving off Sipadan in Malaysia, and I saw that only the marine reserve resembled a healthy ecosystem. All of the ecosystems that were not protected were destroyed.

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