Exotic Resort the first established dive shop on Malapascua, can honestly state were the ones who located and first dived with the now famous thresher sharks on Monad Shoal. As word spread about the success of Exotic diving with thresher sharks the team off Scubazoo together with Doug Perrine decided to make a visit. The first time a group of film makes visited Malapascua Island, drawn by the lure of Exotic and their find the thresher sharks.
Scubazoo is a team of professional underwater cameramen and photographers who have an intense love and appreciation of the marine world. The combination of Scubazoo’s location in the epicenter of the planet’s greatest marine biodiversity and our extensive underwater experience, scientific knowledge and passion for filming and photographing marine life are the facets that make Scubazoo unique.
Having worked on a wide spectrum of underwater projects, including many different productions broadcast on National Geographic, Discovery, BBC and many more TV channels, Scubazoo is fast becoming one of the world’s leading underwater imaging organisations.
The founders of the Thresher Shark dive experience – Exotic Dive Resort with Martin Kirkman their first PADI dive instructor and the Scuba Zoo film team with SIMON CHRISTOPHER and JASON ISLEY. Also pictured is Doug Perrine one of the world’s foremost marine wildlife photographers in the centre.
Doug Perrine is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost marine wildlife photographers. His work has won a number of awards, including the prestigious BBC/ British Gas Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award.
Doug Perrine’s photography appears frequently in calendars, posters, postcards, and other graphic products, and has been published in hundreds of books and magazines, including National Geographic, Audubon, Smithsonian, Time, Natural History, Newsweek, Omni, National Wildlife, Ocean Realm and Wildlife Conservation. He is the author of the books “Sharks” (1995), “Mysteries of the Sea” (1997), “Sharks and Rays of the World” (1999), “Ripley’s Whales & Dolphins” (2000), and “Ripley’s Coral Colony Creatures” (2000).
Perrine is president of Innerspace Visions, a stock photography library in Kona, Hawaii, which specializes in marine wildlife and represents other major marine wildlife photographers. He also works occasionally as a consultant for filming projects, including jobs for National Geographic Television, the Discovery Channel, and other broadcasters. Doug’s work as a shark photographer was featured in “Sharks of the Deep Blue” on Discovery Channel’s 1999 “Shark Week” broadcast
Jonathan Bird, a professional Emmy Award winning underwater cinematographer, came to Exotic Resort to witness the thresher shark phenomenon. As a result of his stay with us, Jonathan produced The Great Thresher Shark and Manta Ray Video and the production Sharks of the Ocean Dessert, a film about pelagic sharks produced for National Geographic Television. This film partly taken at Malapascua Exotic aired on international television during 2005-2007.
Jonathan’s films have appeared all over the world, on networks such as National Geographic Channel, PBS, ABC, USA Network, Discovery and even the SciFi Channel. He has won two Emmy Awards and two Cine Golden Eagles for his work. He is the author of seven books of underwater photography. This website features the work of Jonathan Bird, including underwater television production, underwater stock photography, assignment work, books, videos and dive travel with Jonathan.