Chris Hemsworth will present and produce a documentary special Shark Beach for National Geographic.
Set to screen in 2021 as part of Sharkfest, the special will see him consulting with marine biologists, surfers, conservationists and shark advocates in Australia to uncover the reasons behind increased numbers of shark attacks in recent years and trying to figure out how humans and sharks can co-exist.
He will dive with different shark species to understand their behaviours; join local biologists to explore preventative measures to stave off shark-human encounters; and showcase innovations in technology designed to protect both sharks and people.
“I’ve spent a great deal of my life near or in the ocean, sharing the same backyard with sharks, and recently there’s been some growing concern regarding an increase in shark activity,” said Hemsworth. “It’s crucial that we both revere and respect sharks. Our oceans depend on these apex predators for a biodiverse ecosystem; however, we must also learn how to protect ourselves, and that’s my main objective in Shark Beach.”
“Sharkfest has become the port of call for A-list scientists and filmmakers who share our passion for sharks and the health of the planet’s oceans. In success, we’re also drawing in celebrity thought leaders who have the power to raise awareness and impact behaviour through their incredible social platforms,” sad Geoff Daniels, executive vice president global unscripted entertainment at National Geographic. “That’s why I couldn’t be more excited about Shark Beach and our latest collaboration with Chris Hemsworth. He’s a fearless defender of nature with a proven commitment to conservation and has an unrivaled willingness to do whatever it takes to help protect sharks for generations to come.”
Shark Beach is produced by Nutopia (The World According to Jeff Goldblum, One Strange Rock). Hemsworth and Ben Grayson executive produce with Nutopia’s Jane Root, Arif Nurmohamed and Mark Hedgecoe and Nat Geo’s Tracy Rudolph Jackson.
Source: Hollywood Reporter