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Shark attack survivor is on a mission to protect these animals: ‘Fear can be a powerful motivator’

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Paul de Gelder of California lost two limbs in a sudden and awful shark attack in February 2009 while taking part in a routine underwater exercise as an elite Australian Navy clearance diver.

Others in such a position — after suffering this devastating loss — may have wanted little or nothing to do with sharks.

Yet de Gelder developed a completely different view. He wanted to get closer to the animal — and learn all he could about it.

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Today, he’s passionately devoted to saving sharks all over the world partly because of “the ripple effect” their existence has on humans.

He is someone, he said, who “had my life changed in a very violent, painful and dramatic way,” he told Fox News Digital in a phone interview a few days ago from his home in California.

“And if I can come from a place where I knew nothing about sharks, I didn’t care about them — I figured, if we wiped them all out, then we wouldn’t have to worry about being eaten — to going through what I went through and then understanding how actually important they are to the oceans, to the ecosystems and to us as well — if I can work that…

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