Chris Lalas


YOB: 1950
Experience: Marine Ecologist
Regions: Otago, Catlins, Foveaux Strait, Rakiura/Stewart Island, Fiordland
Interview Location: Harwood, Otago Peninsula, NZ
Interview Date: 26 January 2016
Post Date: 16 September 2017; Copyright © 2017 Chris Lalas and Steve Crawford


CRAWFORD: The final part of the interview we're going to skip over because you're not in the focal region, Foveaux Strait-Stewart Island where the cage tour dive operations are - unless you have very strong opinions ...

LALAS: No, none. But I was bemused at Kaikoura, in one bay they had shark cage with people inside the shark cage and they were feeding them, and in the next bay they had 'swim with the Seals.' 

CRAWFORD: Kaikoura? They had shark cage diving?

LALAS: Yes, very briefly. They stopped because the main focus was the Seals and Dolphins and the like, and there were a lot of people swimming.

CRAWFORD: This is the first I've heard of any shark cage tour dive operations up there.

LALAS: Really. Well, pull it up because maybe I was having my leg pulled. This would have been ten years ago now. Presumably the 'Swimming with Seals' operation in Kaikoura is still there, and they would tell you if it’s just a legend or true or not.

Copyright © 2017 Chris Lalas and Steve Crawford