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Scuba Diving in Mexico: Exclusive Interview with Dr Erich Ritter | Shark Expert (Watch Video)



Update 31.08.20: The Scubaverse Team are very sad to hear of the passing of Dr Erich Ritter this weekend. Here is an update from Richard on the news…

I can’t even begin to express how sad the news of Erich Ritter passing away has made Hailey and I feel. A true pioneer in the research of sharks, the first to really understand their behaviour, and one of the greatest supporters of shark conservation. He was full of information and always happy to share – anyone connected to the oceans and seas in any way at all, will feel this tremendous loss. We were so incredibly lucky to have spent some quality time with Erich as part of his Erich Ritter SharkSchool in Dec 2019 while diving with Pro Dive International in Mexico, and so honoured to have some of his personal time to conduct an interview.

Below is that interview in full. Rest in peace Erich, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your lifetime dedication, tireless drive, and everything you have done for sharks across the world.

Today the world is a much sadder place.

There are very few people in the world that have been bitten by a shark, and still fight passionately to educate people across the globe on the behaviour and conservation of sharks!

In this exclusive video for Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures, join Richard and Hayley from Black Manta Photography as they talk to Dr Erich Ritter about the day a Bull Shark tore off his calf muscle during a TV documentary, his work with ‘SharkSchool’, his thoughts on shark cage diving, the shark finning trade, why sharks are not dangerous animals, and how the future generations of shark experts can make a difference!

Filmed in Playacar, Mexico with Pro Dive International, during their SharkSchool event diving with Bull Sharks.

You will be able to read about Richard and Hayley’s trip to Mexico when they share their stunning photos in a forthcoming issue of Dive Travel Adventures Magazine soon!

Visit Pro Dive International to find out more!

Visit SharkSchool to find out more about the work of Dr Erich Ritter.

For more from Richard and Hayley visit

Richard Stevens is a keen underwater videographer and half of the team at Black Manta Photography with his partner Hayley. He is a qualified TEC50 and sidemount diver who has been diving for nearly 15 years with hundreds of dives in varied locations around the world. A keen marine conservationist, with a passion for large pelagic marine animals, Richard has studied marine biology and spent time studying the ecology of sharks. Richard also has a huge ‘lust for rust’ and a burning desire to delve into the world of cave diving. Armed with his camera, his aim is to inspire others to witness the marvels in our beautiful oceans for themselves.


BLUE EARTH – Future Frogmen Podcast Series – The Next Generation of Ocean Stewards: Lauren Brideau



A series of conservation educational podcasts from Future Frogmen, introduced by Jeff Goodman.

The Next Generation of Ocean Stewards: Lauren Brideau

We have a new host, Dr. Colleen Bielitz, and today we’ll be interviewing a recent college graduate as part of our once-a-month episode that focuses on students: the next generation of conservationists, researchers, and activists.

What are the next generation of ocean stewards doing to protect our Blue Earth? Join us as we find out by speaking to Lauren Brideau, a recent graduate of Southern Connecticut State University. Lauren started as an undeclared major but soon found her calling, now she is part of a research team conserving life below water.  She is a prime example that if you want to defend our oceans and the creatures that depend on the sea to survive, now is the time to become part of the solution.

Richard E Hyman Bio

Richard is the Chairman and President of Future Frogmen.

Born from mentoring and love of the ocean, Richard is developing an impactful non-profit organization. His memoir, FROGMEN, details expeditions aboard Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s famed ship Calypso.

Future Frogmen, Inc. is a nonprofit organization and public charity that works to improve ocean health by deepening the connection between people and nature. They foster ocean ambassadors and future leaders to protect the ocean by accomplishing five objectives.

You can find more episodes and information at and on most social platforms @futurefrogmen.


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Jeff chats to… Veronica Cowley, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)



In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Veronica Cowley, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition. The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Veronica’s film – Worse things Happen at Sea – can be seen here:

Sixth and final in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.

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