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Death Match
The 'Twentieth Century Gladiator' book has just been released. Based on a true story by Geoffrey Mann.
A thrill seeker accepts a million dollar wager to fight a great white shark with only a knife; but things aren't always what they seem, and death plays no favorites.

Death Match: The 'Twentieth Century Gladiator' is a tale of PASSION, BETRAYAL, and SAVAGE REVENGE.
Based on a real event from the author's life, the story made front page headlines of New York Magazine, April 5, 1976.

"Man VS. Shark: $1Million Death Match in Samoa"
(sponsored by Sargent Productions), was to be a live-satellite, closed-circuit affair broadcast to the US, Japan, and Russia, but the real match never happened. That was the 70s.

Now, you will find out what could have happened if world-famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau hadn't stopped the fight in the eleventh hour.
Death Match Book Synopsis
Death Match It is said, and it is true. "A close pass by a bulls horns: or a 'deliberate' close brush with death, is equivalent to one year of normal living."

'Death Match' is based on a true story experienced by the author, who in 1976 accepted a One Million Dollar wager for a fight to the death with a Great White Shark using only a knife. It was to be held in an underwater iron cage in Samoa, with closed-circuit TV, broadcast live to the US, Russia & Japan via satellite.

The story made front page headlines: New York Magazine April 5, 1976 "Man Vs Shark: MILLION DOLLAR Death Match in Samoa [Sponsored by Sargent Productions Hollywood]". The real match never happened. It was canceled at the very last minute by the world famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau.

This is the story of what might have happened. The knife on the front cover, IS the actual knife I would have used for the fight.
Buckle up your seat belts !!
The facts are sobering. Great white sharks, killer whales, and other large ocean predators are disappearing at alarming rates.

Sadly, 90 percent of all large fish are already gone. Marine wildlife need your help to survive. Our oceans need to be protected so they will remain healthy enough to support life across our planet.

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are a proven solution to many of the problems threatening our oceans today. They may be the most powerful tool for ocean protection and restoration that we have.

MPAs are the ocean equivalent of the national parks and reserves we have on land that have protected elephants, tigers, chimpanzees, and so many other treasured animals for decades.

But right now, less than 2 percent of our ocean is designated as an MPA.

Will you help establish more MPAs and help protect and restore marine wildlife by making your special tax-deductible contribution today ?

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National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Enric Sala and Mike Fay recently undertook an expedition to the wildlife Eden of West Africa – Gabon – as part of the Pristine Seas program.

Its coastal waters are teeming with healthy populations of endangered reef sharks and groupers.

Enric and Mike's goal was to provide the scientific evidence needed to convince the Gabonese leaders to expand their national park system to include more MPAs and protect the vital marine wildlife living along their coast.

Their team is currently on expedition at the southern coast of Mozambique, a region that is home to manta rays, dugongs, and whale sharks, to explore, survey, and document the wildlife there.

These essential marine sanctuaries not only protect threatened species, but help restore biodiversity and establish larger, healthier fish populations.

They have had a huge impact in the areas where they have been established.
We just need many more – and before it's too late.

Will you help ? Please make your special contribution today to support our work to expand MPAs and other vital ocean conservation efforts.

If each of us does whatever we can to help today, we can help ensure future generations will have a healthy ocean full of sharks, fish, and other amazing marine wildlife.

I so appreciate your willingness to be our partner in this important work and for all you do to preserve and protect our planet.


Sarah Festa Stallings
Director, Annual Giving

P.S. Marine protected areas (MPAs), the wildlife sanctuaries of the sea, may be the best tool we have to save declining shark, fish, and other marine wildlife populations.

Please support our ocean conservation work to expand MPAs with your tax-deductible contribution.

Thank you !