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John McIntyre is a former BBC Correspondent who swapped the microphone for an underwater camera in pursuit of the wonders of the deep. He’s reported on many of the big stories at home and abroad – everything from Dunblane and the Clapham rail disaster to the crises in Kosovo and Iraq and the Hanse Cronje cricket scandal in South Africa.
John started his journalism career in local radio followed by local telly and then into national and international reporting (short clips of work perhaps – but also a whacky made-up report he used to get into the BBC)
He made television news history by broadcasting “live” inside a shark tank for BBC1 and was nominated by the Six o’clock News for a Royal Television Society Award for his report on the wildlife spectacle known as the “sardine run” in which thousands of dolphins and sharks chase millions of tiny fish for hundreds of miles along the South African coastline.
His recent accomplishments include specialist DVDs for the diving market, including a top ten sharks video.
Areas of Expertise
After Dinner Presentation: Sharks Demystified.
Why sharks? John was inspired by pioneers like Cousteau, Hans and Lotte Hass, and a memorable film called Blue Water, White Death.
John gives a light-hearted talk about sharks, with the aim and intention of demystifying and de-vilifying these misunderstood creatures as well as highlighting important conservation issues concerning sharks. For example, why films, like Jaws and Deep Blue Sea, did so much damage to the reputation of the Shark. People kill 100 million sharks a year mostly for their fins, which is an appalling statistic.
John gave up his BBC journalism career in his mid-40s to pursue ambition to make underwater films, and spent his entire savings on camera gear and editing equipment; then went on the hunt for sharks around the globe.
John uses several props within his talk, for emphasis, including real shark’s jaws and teeth – enough to make an easy meal of anyone sitting in the room!
John also highlights the dangers of filming sharks and why he has a fascination for sharks.
His talk is packed with unique stories and facts to entertain as well as inform the audience. For example, of the world’s second biggest shark, the basking shark, is often seen with its fin patrolling the waters of Cornwall and Isle of Man.
John uses video footage during his presentation, to give the audience a real close up experience of sharks, including a clip of a shark bouncing off his camera lens in Bahamas – and in midst of sardine run, and also clips of Great Whites gnarling their ferocious teeth alongside his boat.