Tom Daley Transforms Into Shark for Shark Week

Tom Daley - Tom Daley shows he's fin-atical about sharks transforming into the distinctive predator to raise awareness of ocean conservation for UK Shark Week (2 - 8 August). The Olympic diver hopes his participation in this project will challenge misconceptions surrounding the ocean's top predator and highlight the vital role they play in the health of the ecosystem, as well as the importance of ocean conservation as a whole. The athlete teamed up with SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment to create a striking piece of body art of a shark along the full length of his body. It took four hours for two body art specialists to complete the transformation. Daley's five-foot-nine frame was covered from head to toe in a water-based paint, with the design created by British body painting artist, Emma Fay. Daley said: "I've always been really fascinated by sharks. They're incredible marine animals, but not always in the news for the right reasons. Despite high profile news stories, the percentage of people hurt by sharks is very low relative to the millions of people who swim and spend time in the ocean. "Sharks play a vital role to the health of the ocean. They keep fish populations balanced and protect habitats. Without sharks, the health of the ocean ecosystem would completely change." Sharks' greatest threats come from humans. Millions of sharks are killed each year for their fins and as commercial fishing bycatch. Ocean pollution and a decrease in food supply also are threatening many species of sharks. Mike Price, assistant curator of fishes at SeaWorld, said: "We need sharks. The more you know about any species, the more you will want to protect it. Meeting sharks up close at SeaWorld or a local aquarium can be the perfect way for even young children to get up close and connect with these amazing predators. We want visitors to learn to respect and appreciate sharks, not fear them." A video of the transformation can be seen on Tom's YouTube channel from toda - United States - Thursday 16th July 2015 (6 Pictures)


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