DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Wednesday -

WHEN you think about the TV hosts you’d like to see en­ter a large body of shark-rid­dled wa­ter, I don’t know if you’d put Craig Fer­gu­son at the top of the list. Craig Fer­gu­son? Host of The Late Late Show in the States? Scot­tish ac­cent? Why he’s in the Ba­hamas even con­sid­er­ing putting his per­son in the vicin­ity of a shark’s mouth, I can’t ex­plain.

But what he wants is to hand-feed a shark. Oh, he says he doesn’t, car­ries on about how he’s just a vul­gar lounge en­ter­tainer and how he’s only ever gone scuba div­ing about three times in his life, but clearly it’s blus­ter. He’s dy­ing to get down there with his stick and his tuna. And you wait till you see how it ends up.

I love sharks. I don’t nec­es­sar­ily want to spoon-feed one but I’m happy they’re there. Ap­par­ently you have to look them in the eye if you en­counter one and let them know you’re not afraid. While at the same time not uri­nat­ing on your­self. But it’s also im­por­tant not to make a shark an­gry. In­ter­est­ing story about the testos­terone lev­els of the bull shark. Yours — talk­ing to the blokes now — is like 90.

Hand-fed: Craig Fer­gu­son. Theirs is 400. Four hun­dred is higher than any an­i­mals on land or at sea.

There are some grip­ping flash­backs in this, un­earthed from 20 years of Shark Week. Re­mem­ber the time An­dre Hart­man rode on the back of great whites in the Sea of Cortez, armed with only a spear gun, or pos­si­bly a bat­tery-op­er­ated stick blender? Or last year when a shark bit Charles In­gram’s boat? Craig holds up a shark’s tooth to demon­strate how one could eat a boat, in case you’re scep­ti­cal. As Craig re­marks, what­ever you say about Shark Week, it’s the attacks you re­mem­ber. Shark Bites: Ad­ven­tures in Shark Week Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel, Fox­tel/Aus­tar, 7.30pm

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