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article imageVideo: Pierre Frolla swims with the sharks in Paris

By Anne Sewell     Nov 11, 2012 in Sports
Paris - He used to be afraid of them, but on Sunday, Pierre Frolla, world-champion free diver, swam with the sharks at France's largest aquarium, the Aquarium of Paris.
Frolla hails from Monaco, and is a multiple record holder for diving without the use of breathing apparatus.
He says that he has always been afraid of sharks in the past, but by swimming regularly with them, he has been able to overcome his fear.
Pierre Frolla
Pierre Frolla
Pierre Frolla
According to Frolla, sharks are not dangerous, as long as certain rules are followed when approaching them.
"We should be calm when diving into the sea, we should be relaxed; there is also a rule of harmony: we should perform calmly, harmoniously, relaxed. We should present ourselves to the animal, and it will decide if it will come or not," he says.
The diving event on Sunday was aimed at drawing attention to the dwindling populations of the threatened and near-endangered species of sharks. More videos of his diving activities can be viewed here.
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