Shark chat: Your questions answered

00:20, Mar 06 2013
CURIOSITY: Find out about sharks on Stuff's live chat today.

How do sharks know humans are not their natural prey? What should I do if I see a shark in the water? Do sharks sleep?

Following last week's tragic shark attack at Muriwai, we thought you might have a few questions about sharks, their behaviour and their prevalence in New Zealand waters.

New Zealand's foremost shark scientist, Malcolm Francis, joins us at the Stuff offices for a live chat to blast those shark misconceptions out of the water and to share some home truths about these awesome creatures.

Malcolm Francis
EXPERT: Malcolm Francis, pictured here laying a berley trail to attract great white sharks, is an expert on the predators.

Francis is a principal scientist at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa).

Ask your question through the live chat box.


The great white shark is one of the primary marine predators.