With a title that sounds like the next Hollywood blockbuster, Tom Hird, AKA, The Blowfish, is officially the only Heavy Metal Marine Biologist. A notable wildlife presenter, The Blowfish is perhaps best known around the world for the two series of the epic adventure show, Filming Impossible (aired on BBC Worldwide).

A regular TV sofa guest, The Blowfish is the in-house wildlife expert on Sunday Brunch (Channel 4), has summoned sharks on The One Show (BBC One), and has also scared Philip Schofield on This Morning (ITV1) with some weird and wonderful creatures. He has even appeared on the hit Discovery Canada show Daily Planet, giving advice on sharks and other creatures of the deep.

The son of a respected veterinary surgeon, The Blowfish learnt the value and beauty of animals from a young age and now he devotes himself to teaching the wonder of wildlife and the importance of conservation to young people. The subject closest to his heart, of course, is the sea.

The Blowfish’s passion and respect for sharks was actually born from a child-hood fear of them! No wonder, with a catalogue of scaremongering films featuring killers sharks – whether they’re flying around in tornados or swimming to ominous music. But overtime, the fear became a deep fascination with one of nature’s greatest aquatic and aggressively toothy wonders.

And with the recent release of The Meg, aka, Jaws on steroids, The Blowfish can clear any fishy rumours swimming around about the infamous mega-shark, otherwise called the Megaladon (which means, ‘large tooth), that the movie sees Jason Statham battle against:

  1. The Megaladon is extinct (!) so swimmers {and the Great Whites) can sleep easy.
  2. Contrary to the film, the Megaladon is not a bigger version of a Great White Shark; it belonged to its own and now extinct family.
  3. Other than its teeth, we really don’t have a set idea of what it truly looked like. But we can estimate that its bite would span 9ft-by11ft! Ouch.
  4. We don’t know how big it was due to very poor fossil evidence. It could have been anywhere from 10 to 30m long. However, it was extremely unlikely to be any longer than 18m.
  5. It hunted whales and died out when marine mammal populations started to fall about 2 million years ago. Evidence suggests that after megalodon died out, and predation was reduced/removed on whales, they then themselves grew to the extremely large sizes we see today.



Keep Up to Date The Sanity Way!

Did you know we offer ‘Pay per Results’ PR services for only £100?

Whiz over your details and we’ll get you sorted:

Join our newsletter

for tips and tricks to boost your small business sales