Category Archives: Sharks

Goodbye 2012! Hello 2013!

[doptg id=”15″] It’s time to get stuck in to 2013 and loads of conservation work, but before doing so I would like to reflect back on 2012: what did we achieve (the organisation I founded, AfriOceans Conservation Alliance, and my team and me), how can we improve, how can we have better impact? These are…

United Against Shark Killing Competition

Lesley Rochat Photography - United Against Shark Killing

Blacktip sharks have no protection in South Africa and one of the species the anglers were aiming to catch. Divers from around the world come to the area to dive with these graceful sharks. Their value alive is worth far more than dead. They deserve protection. I received an urgent email on Monday from Roland…

Rethinking the shark at TEDx Stellenbosch

Rethinking the shark at TEDx Stellenbosch

While Shark Week came and went, and highly talented cartoonist Phil Watson  http://www.shaaark.com/ shark cartoons, got me laughing again when he put Shark Week right into perspective with this so true cartoon (I’m a huge fan of Phil’s work!), I’ve had a crazy two weeks. I’ve gone through 2 computers: my main computer’s harddrive crashed,…

Shark Week Sensationalism that Sells

Lesley Rochat Photography - Great White Shark

JAWS portrayed white sharks as bloodthirsty killing machines with an insatiable appetite for humans and Discovery Channel continue the myth. Sharks are being given a bad wrap again when Discovery Channel ‘Sinks Teeth Into Shark Week 2010’ with a lineup of programs, many of which depict sharks as bloodthirsty man-eaters. We desperately need improved public…

Beautiful Sevengill Sharks Need Protection

Lesley Rochat Photography - Sevengill Sharks Need Protection

I’m featuring in a SABC 2, 50.50. production, which the warm and passionate, full of energy, Jacqui Logie, is directing. The weather put hold to Jacqui filming me for three weeks in a row but finally the Cape winter weather smiles on us and we are on a Pisces Divers boat, heading for Pyramid Rock…

For the Love of Sharks – Diving with Tiger Sharks & Blacktip Sharks

Diving with Sharks

A beautiful blacktip shark greets me wide open!The sea is rough, the spray whips across my face, the boat ride out to the site bumpy and long, and my butt hurts each time we smack into a wave crest and drop down with a crash. But I don’t care, and fortunately sea-sickness is a rarity…

Diving with Tiger Sharks & Blacktip Sharks Part 1

Blacktip sharks

I have just returned from a shoot, diving and photographing the blacktips and tiger sharks along Durban’s South coast. Though the conditions were not ideal, bad viz and rough seas mostly, the sharks were spectacular, and the company kept with other passionate shark conservationists and good friends was really special. As soon as I have…

Sharks in Deep Trouble wins a SEVENTH AWARD!

Lesley Rochat Photography - Sharks in Deep Trouble
[one_half]While I was working till the early hours documenting CITES, Sharks in Deep Trouble continued to help me spread the word on the other side of the world: it was screened at the Beneath the Waves Film Festival and it was voted “Best of Festival”. A huge thanks to Austin Gallagher, a fish biologist who specializes in…