Monday, November 23, 2020

Movie Star Will Smith Dives With Sharks


Film star Will Smith recently released a Facebook Live video of him confronting one of his biggest fears: swimming with sharks.

“My whole life, I’ve been terrified of sharks. I blame Stephen Spielberg. When JAWS came out . . . I was scared in the bathtub.”

During the filming, Smith met Paul De Gelder, an ex-Australian Army paratrooper and diver who was attacked by a bull shark in 2009 during a counterterrorism training exercise, as well as shark behaviorist Cristina Zenato, who dives with sharks and removes fishing hooks from their mouths.

To dive with sharks, Smith teamed up with Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas, where he took a PADI Discover Scuba class and learned more about sharks and their roles in the global ecosystem.

Check out Smith’s Facebook Live video here, or watch an earlier video of Smith’s overcoming his fear of the ocean below.

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John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


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