My name is ALEX BUTTIGIEG, better known to all my friends as "The Sharkman".
Why?? Well it is because
of the Love and Deep Passion that I share for this Magnificent Creature.
I am 59 years old and come from the tiny Mediterranean Island of Malta.
I have dived with and studied sharks in many parts of the world including South Africa, Fiji and in Malta. I also take an active part in many international campaigns for shark protection. In 2001 Sharkmans World won the Best Personal Website Award in the Malta Web Awards.
I have written various
articles and contributed data and information for T.V. documentaries,
scientific publications and books.
An unforgettable experience for all. A. Buttigieg: Malta &
of our seas. A. Buttigieg & N. Vella :Boats & Yachting,
- Vol. 1 by D.E.G. (2004)
"A Shark In New
York Waters" by Christine Lavin (2007).
"Shark: In Peril
In The Sea" by David Owen (2009).
My first dream was to get the Great White Shark ( Carcharodon carcharias ) protected in Maltese Waters and this came true in 1999.
My next Dream was what
I considered to be the ULTIMATE DREAM. To Encounter the
On 5th. February 2001, I set out on the first journey that was to give me a very close encounter with Carcharodon carcharias, THE GREAT WHITE SHARK!!
I flew over to S. Africa and there I saw the Great Whites of Dyer Island. This was an experiance that I will never forget. Just a few days short of a year later, I was there again on my 2nd. trip. It is there that one can see the true beauty of these magnificent creatures.
Another dream came true, when in 2009, as part of the The International Year Of The Shark campaign, I was invited by the Fiji Shark Conservation & Awareness Project to go to FIJI. For 3 weeks, I dived with, observed and photographed the Sharks at the Shark Reef Marine Reserve. These included Bulls, Greys, Black-Tips, White-Tips and Nurse Sharks What an awesome experiance!!
My next Dreams?..... Well I still have many on my list, but most of all, I want to keep fighting to get more shark species fully protected and thus help save them from becoming extinct.
Updated December 2017
P.O. Box 31
Retired Professional Scuba Diving Instructor
Interest in Sharks:
Clubs & Organizations:
Present Clubs & Organizations:
OF THE WORLD
Favorite Dive Site:
Shark Reef Marine Reserve in Fiji
Best Diving Experience:
Cage Diving with
GREAT WHITE SHARKS
off Dyer Island in South Africa,
Diving with BULL SHARKS in Fiji.
Loves Best in Diving:
Diving with Sharks,
Feeling of Total Relaxation and being one with
the Underwater World.
Mostly in Diving:
Done them all.
in the World would I Like To Meet:
to Other Divers:
Questions & Answers.
Due to the Large amount of E-mail that I get, it is not always possible to answer everyone as fast as I wish. It is for this reason that I turned my Guestbook into a Question and Answer Book.
If you have any Questions, write them down into my guestbook and return in a few days to see your answer. In this way, your answers may be helpful to some other visitor as well.
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