"There is simply no issue more important. Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth, and that, above all else, is worth fighting for." – Rob Stewart
Last week after tireless search and rescue efforts from friends and family, the coast guard and the kindness of complete strangers, the body of our dear and special friend Rob Stewart, was found 220m down in the deep blue.
Rob was a kind, passionate, caring and conscious man, who dedicated his life to educating the world about sharks, their true nature and needless slaughter – a figure currently reported at 100 million a year.
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Rob didn’t see sharks as anything other than incredible, unique and beautiful creatures, and worked tirelessly to bring people close enough to see their beauty. He wanted us all to realise the connection we all hold as living species on this planet and how important sharks are to the balance of the global ecosystem.
In his own words, “You’re told your whole life since you were a kid, sharks are dangerous. You’re warned not to go adventuring too far out into the ocean, but then finally, you see the thing you were taught your whole life to fear, and it’s perfect, and it doesn’t want to hurt you, and it’s the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen… and your whole world changes.”
Rob was so excited about this dive in particular, because with the new equipment he was using he said that he could, “finally show people sharks’ true personality”. It was something he was in awe of and strived to share.