Thursday, July 26, 2012

Dallas Museum of Nature and Science special visitor

If you are counting down the days to Shark Week's 25th anniversary on the Discovery Channel  starting on Sunday, August 12, and are thrilled at the fact that the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science is currently hosting the Planet Shark exhibit, then you are going to like what you are about to hear. 

This Friday, July 27th, from 5pm to 7pm, Rodney Fox, a shark attack survivor (and in my opinion a super hero) will meet and greet members of the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science in Fair Park.  On Saturday, July 28th, Rodney will be at the museum to meet non members and tell his story about how he survived one of the worst, non-fatal, Great White Shark attacks in history.  Since his attack, he has devoted his life to shark expeditions, and on Saturday, everyone can have the opportunity to hear his story.  (He will be there from 10:00 - 10:30am, 12:30-1:00pm, 2:00-2:30pm, and 4:00-4:30pm.) 

Photo courtesy of Rodney Fox

If you go meet Rodney plan on sticking around to see the Planet Shark: Predator or Prey exhibit, which will be fun for all ages. 

Interesting Facts about Rodney Fox...
  • Rodney was brutally attacked by a Great White shark during a spearfishing competition in South Australia in 1963.  Rodney fought to escape the great white, and the shark was distracted by a tasty looking fish float.  Unfortunately, this float was attached to Rodneys waist and he was pulled far under the surface of the water.  Fortunately, the rope broke and Rodney was able to make it back up for air.   
  • It took over 360 stitches to heal Rodney's wound across his arm and chest.
  • He still has a piece of the great whites tooth embedded in his right wrist.     
  • Rodney has been involved in more than 100 different documentaries and movies including Steven Spielberg's 1975 film “Jaws”.
  • Rodney pioneered shark cages, used in shark cage diving, and organized the first expedition to hunt and film the Great White shark.   
  • Despite his attack, Rodney says "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. We must learn to live with and understand all sharks including the Great White Sharks and not kill them simply out of fear." 
  • It is estimated that Rodney has been involved in some way with 90 percent of all prominent White Shark images taken worldwide, in the 20th Century.
  •  In January 2007, Rodney was inducted into the International Scuba Divers Hall of Fame.
Photo Courtesy of Rodney Fox

And to help you get excited for Shark Week....

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