While so many of us are getting ready for #SharkWeek I think it's important to remember some of the pioneers that made the series so incredibly successful and brought conservation education to the forefront for so many people. Mike deGruy was a marine biologist and an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker best known for his underwater cinematography..
He was a regular on Shark Week and a shark attack survivor himself. His company #thefilmcrew traveled the oceans making underwater films for the #BBC , #PBS , #NationalGeographic & the #DiscoveryChannel . As a child he became my hero and I wanted to do what he did when I grew up. While most 7-10yr olds wrote letters to Santa, I wrote letters to Mike deGruy. I was actually able to meet him once as a child when he was in Florida filming for a show. He was an incredibly kind person and extremely passionate about marine life and conservation. Every dive I go on I think of him and how he told me I could do it and pass on education about sharks and conservation. Every Shark Week season I think of him and how far he helped bring research and education. Some of his films included (but are not limited to) Mysteries of Shark Coast, Blue Planet, A Plastic Ocean, Deep Blue, Sharks on their Best Behavior, Incredible Suckers and 10 Deadliest Sharks..
Sadly, Mike passed away on February 4th, 2012, in a helicopter crash in Australia while going out to film the ocean. He was 60. Mike may be gone but his spirit and message will always live on and I'm grateful for that. #mikedegruy#underwaterphotography#legend#blueplanet