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Our team’s vast experience of working with Great White sharks in False Bay and around the world has seen us film documentaries featured on Discovery, Animal Planet, National Geographic and BBC Channels.

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Where It All Started

Shark Week Celebrating 25 years

In 1993, Chris worked on his first major film shoot, BBC’s Wildlife on One Great White Shark special. 4 years later, he began facilitating documentaries in False Bay and in 1999, Chris was commissioned to guide the National Geographic Special JAWS – 25th Year Anniversary alongside Peter Benchley.

In 2000, producer Jeff Kurr of Discovery’s Shark Week, travelled to South Africa hoping to capture the incredible breaching technique of the Great White Sharks that inhabit the waters of False Bay. Recording this behaviour was a television first.

Kurr travelled back to False Bay regularly to capture this incredible behaviour on film, producing a host of documentaries including The Air Jaws Series. 

The Air Jaws Phenomenon

Air Jaws

Even Higher (2002)

Air Jaws – Even Higher captured the first ever breaching shark footage from Australia and Ano Nuevo Island and showed Great Whites attacking decoys from underwater.

Ultimate Air Jaws (2010)

2010 saw 30.8 million people watch Discovery Channel’s Shark Week and Ultimate Air Jaws (2010). Super slow motion cameras allowed the team to stretch the footage of a breaching Great White Shark from one second of real time into almost a full minute. This level of detail offered viewers unparalleled insight into the shark’s behaviour.

Air Jaws Apocalypse

The 25th Anniversary of Shark Week (2012)

Chris and his team return to Seal Island to seek out one shark in particular – a 14-foot Great White known as Colossus. Pushing themselves further than ever before, they risked their lives in pursuit of the ultimate close-up footage.

Great White Shark Breaching

Air Jaws

Fin Of Fury (2014)

When Colossus hasn’t been seen for a while, Chris and his team explore several of the world’s most famous shark locations and use the latest tracking and scientific knowledge to try find the giant shark. What they discover and learn in their journey will help immensely in their research of sharks and shark behaviour.

Read first hand about Chris' experience in the WASP here.

These documentaries offered Apex the chance to attract viewers through spectacular footage and highlight the beauty and majesty of these animals. It is hoped that this will change perceptions and go a long way in helping the conservation of these sharks.

Famous Documentaries filmed with Apex Shark Expeditions

  • Planet Earth: Great White Shark segment
  • Shark
  • Life
  • Africa
  • Robo Shark
  • Smart Shark
  • Sharks of the South African Coast
  • Perfect Killers
  • Terry Nutkins
  • Steve Leonard
  • Inside the Perfect Predatorz
  • JAWS 25 Year Anniversary
  • Perfect Killers - The Kratt Brothers
  • The Kill Zone
  • The Jeff Corwin Show
  • Mythbusters
  • Wild Boys
  • Mad Mike & Mark
  • Nigel Marvin- Celebrity Shark Week
  • Shark after Dark
  • Shark Invasion

Other appearances

  • CBS 60 Minutes with Bob Simon
  • Ross Coulthart Sunday Night Live
  • Top Billing
  • 50/50
  • Australia's Cronulla Sharks Season Promo

Get to know Chris Fallows


How did you become so interested in Great White Sharks?

I grew up going to game reserves in Africa and developed a love of wildlife from this. When we moved to the coast my love of the sea grew stronger and I started a tag-and-release program with the local fishermen, helping free sharks from nets. One day we caught a young Great White, and this sparked a fascination for me for Great Whites. In 1991, a research group offered me a volunteer position working with Great White sharks. In 1996, I started my own company African Shark Eco Charters. In 2000, along with my wife Monique, we split away from this company and formed Apex Shark Expeditions which focuses on the entire spectrum of sharks and wildlife in the area. In 1996 we discovered the unique breaching behaviour of sharks at Seal Island and I went on to photographically document it.

Get to know Chris Fallows - Documentaries - Apex Shark Expeditions

Ever since the "Jaws" movies, Great White Sharks have been perceived as fearsome monsters, but your photography shows how breath-taking and beautiful they can be. Do you hope to change how people think about these sharks by offering a better understanding of their role in nature?

Absolutely! All the pictures I take and documentaries we have been involved in have a strong conservation slant to them. The best way to change perceptions is by showing people how graceful the Great White Shark is.


How has technology changed our understanding of Great White Sharks?

Technology has allowed us to share information with people who otherwise would never have the chance to see the shark. In terms of innovation, directors, such as Jeff Kurr, have used technology to delve deeper into the mysterious world of the Great White.


In the "Air Jaws" specials, you go to great extremes to capture footage of sharks breaching. What's the craziest thing you've done to get the right shot? 

Undoubtedly being towed behind our vessel on a seal sled to get a seal's view of what it is like to be hunted by a Great White. I have personally recorded more than 9,000 predatory events, so I had a good idea of whether the sled would get hit, but my heart was certainly racing when I was on that thing.


You've been tracking the sharks off of Seal Island since the late '90s. Have you seen changes in their behaviour during that time? Have they become better hunters? 

No, I wouldn’t say they have become better hunters. What you notice is that each season is different. Some years sharks arrive early. Others, leave late. What the trigger is, we do not know. What is interesting, though, is that many of the same sharks return year after year and this is their hunting ground and kingdom. What is even more fascinating is that each individual Great White Shark has its own personality.


In the 2012 "Air Jaws" special, you spend a lot of time exploring the behaviour of Great Whites in the shallow waters off of Mossel Bay. What new things did you learn from seeing them in this environment? 

The biggest thing we learned is just how often they are actually in contact with people. They are swimming amongst them all the time in this area, yet there are very few shark attacks. Sadly we also learned that there is a very active sport fishery off the beaches in this area, so the sharks once again have far more to fear from us than we do of them.


The popularity of the "Air Jaws" series, means you've practically become the human face of Discovery's Shark Week. What's your sense of how the public perceives your work? 

Firstly, I think a lot of the credit for the "Air Jaws" series needs to go to Jeff Kurr, who has directed all the shows. He is an incredibly innovative man and an outstanding cameraman who understands his subject and so can capture the essence of the animal perfectly. We get hundreds of emails with feedback about how grateful people are to us for showing the true side of Great Whites. It's very gratifying to know that in some way we are helping.


What's your next project? 

To find places where Great Whites are not currently known to frequent and blaze a few more trails. We have some great ideas lined up and hopefully Discovery audiences around the world will have a few more entertaining shows in years to come.