Rodney Fox is an Australian survivor of one of the world’s most infamous shark attacks in history. He is also a well-known film-maker and leading conservationist who is passionate about protecting wildlife and the environment.
On 8 December 1963, Fox was viciously attacked around the chest and hand by a great white shark during a spearfishing competition and suffered near fatal wounds which required extensive surgery and 462 stitches. 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the gruesome shark attack at Aldinga Beach in South Australia.
Rodney who was born in South Australia on 9 November in 1940 and is married with three children and seven grandchildren, has become one of the world’s most prominent campaigners to protect one of the most feared predators – the great white.
Rodney developed the first underwater shark proof observation cage to explore the natural wonders of the great white shark.
He has organised dozens of expeditions for tourists and led trips to make over 60 films and documentaries featuring great white sharks and other Australian sea creatures.
Today, the cage is paramount in obtaining footage for Hollywood blockbusters, research, photography and providing tourists with the ultimate shark experience where they can get up close to the species.
Rodney is currently a speaker on the world stage educating swimmers and divers about the great white shark. He is also an experienced actor, film producer, photographer, consultant, expedition guide and professional diver.
The Rodney Fox Shark Experience – a shark museum is behind a unique collection of shark memorabilia, which is currently part of a world tour called “Planet Shark – Predator or Prey.”
The Fox Shark Research Foundation has also been established to inspire the appreciation and understanding of great white sharks through research and education.
The latest documentary on Rodney’s 50 years with sharks is under production and his book “Seven Tenth’s Water – Sharks, The Sea and Me,” was released in Australia in November 2013.