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Al J Venter, Author of Shark Stories, Takes a Swim Down Memory Lane

Shark StoriesAl J Venter recently wrote an account of some of his diving experiences in over forty years, for online magazine, The Dive Site. The account details a salvage job he was offered, friends who got attacked by sharks and another crazy friend who looked for a shark to attack him.

These fascinating first-hand accounts of people in the ocean, and the encounters they have with marine life, most notably great white sharks, are fully detailed in Venter’s new book, Shark Stories.

Discovery Channel’s bi-annual Shark Week routinely achieves the highest cable television viewer ratings, both in the United States and Great Britain. I guess it’s not just me, then, fascinated by the shark tales of the diving community. Truth be told there’s hardly an experienced South African diver without a wealth of stories about some of the things he or she has done underwater, and it never fails to surprise me that we all have the tendency to be a little foolish.

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