Andrew Fox was born to a life of sharks. Even as a baby, he was party to the many planning sessions his father, Rodney, was having making the first ever documentaries filming great white sharks . His early years were set to a back drop of film crews, the sea and shark footage.
The oldest of three children, Andrew was the one who inherited his father’s affinity and fascination for sharks. He loved the beach, and spent hours exploring rock-pools. At the age of seven, Rodney took him out on a Shark expedition, much to the dismay of his mother, Kay. Andrew saw his first Great White Shark at night, at the aptly named, Memory Cove – he can still picture the torchlit image of the huge head of a large shark lifting above the water to view him, standing up in the boat.
After that first encounter, Andrew was hooked, and he spent as much time as he could (usually during school holidays) out on the boat with Rodney, absorbing all he could about these amazing creatures. After he finished high school, Andrew studied Environmental Science at Flinders University (in Adelaide) and began working in On + In Surf Shop, which was part of the family business. Yet, he still took every opportunity to get back into the ocean with the sharks.
After finishing his degree, he focused on running the Shark Tours while conducting research into the behaviour and ecology of the Great Whites. Andrew became adept at observation, identifying things about Great Whites that no-one had previously recorded – behaviour, social hierarchy, the way they move, pigmentation variations, breeding habits and even personalities. Today, Andrew can identify (by name) hundreds of individual sharks. It is part of the special affinity he has for these amazing creatures.