Dr Leonardo Guida, shark scientist and shark conservation lead at the Australian Marine Conservation Society joins us in this episode to talk through a variety of topics ranging from personal experiences swimming and diving with our apex predators to the conservation efforts currently in place throughout Australia and across the globe.
Leo is actively involved in many projects including the “Nets out now” call for shark nets to be removed throughout Australia, he .appeared in the documentary produced by Andre Borell Envoy Shark Cull which focuses on the subject. Leo emphasises the indiscriminate targeting that hails from these antiquated defence systems with a prime example being that of a Humpback Whale being caught in a net only a few days prior to this recording, with a further 2 more whales entangled since.
We also discuss the apparent movement of sharks from locations such as South Africa pushing further south, presumably due to climate change and rising water temperatures. With larger predators such as Great Whites moving into locations inhabited by more docile species such as Grey Nurse Sharks, are they to become a new target for the larger shark and what impact does this have on the overall balance in the regions?
Leo talks with such passion it’s hard to break away from listening to his experiences, skills and knowledge across a wide spectrum of conservation. Actively sharing his knowledge via social media, Leo regularly posts updates on what is happening within Australia and you can follow him via the links below.
Australian Marine Conservation Society:
– Shark Champions (campaign website) : sharkchampions.org.au