Oh man is this guy brave!
The program shows him free-diving and swimming with every species of shark with the first two-hour premier episode having him take a 75 foot ride on the back of a great white shark!
He touches their snouts or sides of their faces (both sides at the same time) to make the females roll over and take on a catatonic state and then they just sink. It's pleasurable for the sharks so they come back (gently) for more.
This is after he "chums" the water and then jumps in with a lot of sharks.
It makes me rethink a lot of my fears about them, growing up with the ocean as I did (but you can't see what's under you when you're on a surfboard).
Anyway, it makes you just stare at these creatures in awe and wonder. Every other shark program has some guy in a cage poking at them or dropping fiberglass seals in the water and towing them behind a boat until they're attacked.
This program was really different. I think it could be one of the greatest tests of courage to free-swim with sharks (he had SCUBA gear on some of the time, but used a snorkel at other points). I think he could have stayed with the great white longer had he an oxygen source but he had to surface to breath.
Crazy enough, he gets right in front of the shark's jaws to grip them on either side of their head. He attempted this with 10 footers to a 15 foot great white (Jaws in the movie was supposedly 25 ft I think). So that's a big and powerful shark.
It seems the females are receptive to this behavior.
Man this guy is brave!
(I think he's South African - he talks with that accent that's not quite English or Australian).
Anyway, this is the most amazing show I've watched in a while.