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#4 Surviving a Shark Attack & Becoming a Vegan Badass | Paul De Gelder

Updated: Dec 8, 2019


Paul De Gelder

Originally recorded 5-31-2018

"The change starts with you. I hate it when I hear people say 'I can't' or 'I can never.' Those two words should be taken out of your vocabulary."


One day, I was watching a video by Casey Neistat where he was interviewing a shark attack survivor, Paul De Gelder. I was so inspired after listening to his story, I went on Paul's Instagram and found out that he also ate a plant-based diet. So I figured that it was a no-brainer to have him on the show!

In February 2009, Paul was out on a routine training session as a Navy Clearance Diver where he was viciously attacked by a bull shark. Paul lost his arm to the shark and later had to have his leg amputated due to the severe injury. Years later, Paul has drastically changed his life by implementing a mantra he learned during his military training: Improvise. Adapt. Overcome. Paul now travels the world, educating people about sharks, advocating the protection of sea life, and even promoting the vegan lifestyle when he can. He is also the host of Shark Week and he is the author of No Time for Fear.

In this Skype session with Paul De Gelder, we talk more about his story, how he managed to adapt after his accident, his nutrition and fitness plan, and the importance of protecting sharks and other sea life. 

Books by Paul De Gelder


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