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Scubaverse Film Review: Of Shark and Man



Of Shark and Man captivates from the very beginning as images of our home town of Manchester are overlaid with sharks swimming over a reef in the opening credits. Right at the start, David is asked what kind of story this film is going to be and he answers, “a love story” and we know we are watching a film made by someone who is passionate about what he does. It is a stylish production that tells the story of David quitting his job and heading off to dive “the best shark dive in the world” in Fiji.

The trailer can be seen here:

Whilst the film is told by David about his underwater experiences with the Bull Sharks of Fiji, he also tells the story about how this dive site, Shark Reef, came about, and how the local community are involved in the shark’s conservation. It is not just Bull Sharks, although they are the stars of the show, but the lovely underwater footage also gives us an insight into the many other sharks that visit this area. The film also covers the sensitive subject of shark feeding from both sides of the debate.

The film not only shows us the beauty of the sharks of Fiji, but also includes interviews with divers, business owners and local Fijians and gives us an insight into the area and those involved in the shark diving business. Obviously, the highlight is the shark diving footage, especially the moment David thinks it is a good idea to put his camera and housing out on a length of pole and watching the sharks take a good exploratory bite!

Will David reach his ultimate goal? To head out to the edge of the shark reef, where very few divers are allowed to go… you will just have to watch the film to find out.

What comes across most in this film is David’s passion for what he does. It is infectious.

If you have ever thought about giving up your job and just heading out the door to follow your dream, if you love sharks, if you are planning to go to Fiji to do this dive, or you have been before and want to re-live the moment then you should sit down and watch this film.

You can find out how by following this link:

More details about the film


David Diley is a thirty-two year old man, trapped in a dead-end job in England’s industrial north and his life is going nowhere. He does however, have a lifelong dream…

Should David follow the advice of everyone around him and forget about it, or should he risk everything and against all the odds, take his one chance to fulfil his greatest ambition, an ambition which finds him in the middle of a feeding frenzy with sixty of the world’s most dangerous sharks?

“Of Shark and Man” is a ground-breaking film about one man’s journey to get closer than anyone thought possible, to the world’s biggest Bull Sharks and tell the incredible untold story of Shark Reef in Fiji, one of the greatest marine conservation successes of all time. “Of Shark and Man” is an epic, incredibly ambitious, cinematic and award-winning love letter to the world’s most feared predator, in which the shark is the hero.





Technical Details:

Format: 1080p PAL 25fps

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (Cinemascope 2:35:1)

Audio Mix: Stereo

Run time: 84 minutes

Key Cast & Crew:

Written, Produced & Directed by: David Diley

Key Cast: David Diley, Mike Neumann, Rusiate Balenagasau, Manasa Bulivou, Helen Sykes, Arthur Sokimi, Silio Raqatima, Iona Rokowai

Cinematography: Hugh Fairs, David Diley, Mike Neumann, Hamish Harper

Additional Camera Operators: Liam Andrew Wright, Olli Wilson

Sound Design: David Lawrie & David Diley

Audio Engineering & Production: David Lawrie

Production Assistant: Hamish Harper

Edited by: David Diley

Featuring Music by: David Lawrie, Haruko, Krimewave, Shields, G Productions, David Diley, Before The Beginning, Mark Burrows and Chris Zabriskie

Distributor: Shami Media Group

Awards & Nominations:

Winner – “Best Cinematography in a Documentary” (Berlin International Film-Maker Festival 2016)

Winner – “Best Editing in a Documentary” (Nice International Film Festival 2016)

Winner – “Best Sound Design” (Nice International Film Festival 2016)

Winner – “Best Film – Organisers Choice” (Cine Submarino des Aguimes 2015)

Winner – “Best Film – Audience Choice” (Cine Submarino des Aguimes 2015)

Nominated – “Best Director of a Feature Documentary” (Berlin International Film-Maker Festival 2016)

Nominated – “Best Science and Education Film” (Berlin International Film-Maker Festival 2016)

Nominated – “Best Cinematography in a Documentary” (Nice International Film Festival 2016)

Further Scubaverse Links

Scubaverse contributors Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown have also done this dive and their thoughts are here:

Scubaverse contributor Ash Roberts also made a short video for Scubaverse about this dive and you can see this here:

For more from Nick and Caroline, visit

Main Photo Credit: Michael Patrick O’Neill

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit


Deepvisions 2021 Open for Entries



The branded Deepvisions UWP award is up and running.

The 2021 edition is a special one as the globe is still struck by the pandemic affecting the diving industry in several ways. This is why they have called it the “renaissance” edition, because despite the great economical crisis the team were able to gather a great prize panel worth more than 60K USD.

The 2021 Deepvisions edition is characterized by a new international Jury whose members are top-notch, multi-awarded UW photographers well known inside the community and the scientific world. They are: David Salvatori from Italy (Head of Jury), Marco Colombo from Italy, Jerome Kim from Korea, Eduardo Acevedo from Spain, Filippo Borghi from Italy, Jose Luis Sandoval from Mexico and Ellen Cuylaerts from Belgium.

Among many historical brands supporting the competition over the years, this edition has seen new, important world players of the diving industry joining the sponsorship panel. They cannot all be mentioned here but they are all listed on the website:

There are 8 contest categories covering pretty much all the fields of underwater photography. Entries are accepted until the end of June 2021 and candidates are invited to upload their work after reading the rules available at

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Peli Products launches the largest Peli™ Air Case ever!



Peli Products (Peli) has set another benchmark for the product segment with the launch of the Peli™ Air 1646 Case, the largest case in the Peli™ Air Case line.

With more than 110 liters of usable space, the Peli™ Air 1646 Case is built in a long/deep form, making it perfect for the storage of equipment that requires a longer- and deeper-sized case. “Logistics issues for professional users traveling with large kits can be a nightmare. This I why we created the lighter 1646 Peli Air case to supply them with a transport option for an easy handling,” said Piero Marigo, Managing Director EMEA.

The new case provides ample room for all types of fragile and valuable equipment, such as cinema-grade cameras or tactical gear, among many other things. Videographers will appreciate the case depth’s ability to store cameras upright for more efficient use of space. This latest Peli™ Air case addition increases the product range up to 16 unique sizes.

With a reduction of up 40% in weight versus a standard Peli Protector Case, the Peli™ Air 1646 Case has a pull trolley and wheels that resisted tests of over 914 meters. It also comes equipped with classic Peli case features including a watertight O-ring gasket, a crushproof and dustproof exterior, stainless steel hasp protectors, rubberised, over-moulded handles, and proven tough push button latches. And just like our classic Protector cases, each Peli Air case is subjected to external third-party lab testing to certify IP67 ingress protection and military standard impact, drop and extreme temperature performance.

The Peli Air 1646 Case is available in black without foam and is backed by the company’s legendary Lifetime Guarantee of Excellence*. The No Foam configuration allows a blank slate for custom interior solutions (visit for more details). A Classic Pick N’ Pluck™ Foam set is available as an accessory and offers a manually customisable solution with pre-scored foam for fast and simple protection to fit almost any equipment.

For more information visit the Peli website by clicking here.

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email

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