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Rodney Fox

Posted on: August 29, 2010

Rodney Winston Fox was born in South Australia on 9 November 1940. And on December 1963 Rodney Fox was attacked by a great white shark and badly bitten around the chest and arm. His abdomen was fully exposed and all ribs broken on his left hand side. His diaphragm was punctured, lung ripped open, scapula was pierced, spleen uncovered, the main artery from his heart was exposed and he was minutes away from his veins collapsing due to the loss of large amounts of blood. Tendons, fingers and thumb in his right hand were all cut and to this day he still has part of a great white tooth embedded in his wrist. Rodney Fox had 462 stitches to sew him together after the attack.


Rodney Fox went on to design and build the first under water observation cage to dive with the great white shark and for over 40 years has led major expeditions to film and study his attacker. He arranged and hosted the very first white shark expedition to welcome sport divers and has run hundreds of expeditions in the thirty years since. He is regarded as a world authority on the great white shark and has a great reputation as an expedition leader and producer of shark documentaries. Rodney has been involved in some way with most great white shark films made in the 20th century. Rodney has hosted expeditions for over 100 major feature and documentary films with film makers and shark researchers from 16 different countries. Disney, Universal Studios, IMAX, Cousteau Society and National Geographic have enlisted his help and have filmed and studied the great whites from his cages.

Rodney’s life since the attack has involved consulting and coordinating film crews and arranging and guiding ecotourism adventure trips and expeditions specializing in great white sharks (white pointer shark) and other marine creatures. He also travels the world giving talks to people about his experiences with sharks and the need for conservation efforts to continue.

Rodney’s talks and films on the Great White Shark have educated swimmers and divers to the realistic potential of shark attack. He delivers a firm message that sharks are not all that bad, we have very few confrontations with them and we should look after all our fishes especially the Great white shark. He positions the Great White as an important “keystone predator” directly controlling the diversity and abundance of other species in the great web of life. Rodney has a large private collection of displays and items from 40 years film making on the ocean which are on tour around Australia and the world. The displays feature great white shark models, shark proof cages from the film Jaws, giant and ancient fossil shark teeth, plus photos and video highlights from many films that Rodney has been involved in.

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