Chris Fallows

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Chris Fallows
NationalitySouth African
OccupationPhotographer.conservationist and adventurer

South African born Chris Fallows is an expert on the Great White Shark and their hunting habits.[1] He has amassed the largest database of predatory events involving Great White Sharks in False Bay and was the first member of the scientific community to observe the breaching behaviour.

Early life[edit]

Growing up in a game reserve Fallow’s fascination with wildlife stretches back to his childhood. After moving to the coast at the age of 12 his fascination with the ocean and marine wildlife grew. At the age of 16 Fallows co-ordinated a tag and release program in his home town. His endeavours, with the co-operation of local beach net fishermen, saw the tagging, documenting and releasing of over fifteen thousand sharks and rays. Fallows attended Rondebosch Boys' High School in Cape Town.


In 1992 Fallows was at the forefront of Great White Shark tours when he started his work and research at Dyer Island off Gansbaai. He worked there until 1996 when he co-founded African Shark Eco-Charters in False Bay. It was then that he along with colleague discovered the breaching Great White Sharks that have been made famous by the Air Jaws movies. In the year 2000 Fallows formed Apex Shark Expeditions [2] with his wife Monique. Over the last 15 years together they observed and catalogued over 9500 predatory events. This is the largest database of its kind in the world.

Chris Fallows has co authored 10 scientific papers[3] on the breaching behaviour of great White Sharks when hunting as well a book titled, ‘Great White and The Majesty of Sharks’ which has sold over 25 000 copies. Fallows has worked with David Attenborough on the "Shallow Seas" episode of the Planet Earth series, National Geographic, Discovery Channel[4] and helped produce the Air Jaws series of shark documentaries.

As well as Great White Shark observation and cage diving, Fallows has undertaken nearly 200 open water diving expeditions with the Mako shark and Blue sharks in South Africa since 1999.


  1. ^ Grant Butler (31 July 2010). "Shark expert Chris Fallows hopes 'Ultimate Air Jaws' leads to better understanding of great whites". Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  2. ^ Amelia Wade (Apr 6, 2011). "Expert shows great white's docile side". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ Martin, R. A.; Hammerschlag, N.; Collier, R. S.; Fallows, C. (2005). "Predatory behaviour of white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) at Seal Island, South Africa". Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK. 85 (5): 1121. doi:10.1017/S002531540501218X.
  4. ^ "Into the Jaws of danger: Shark expert paddles to within feet of great white to prove they're not a threat to humans". Daily Mail. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.

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