SharkWatch is the brain child of Andrew Wyatt. Andrew has lived most of his life on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Andrew grew up traveling the world with his military father. Andrew had a fascination with wildlife that burgeoned with the three years his family spent living in India. Reptiles were an early favorite, but sharks and raptors also became keen areas of interest. After graduating from high school Andrew joined the Army.
Andrew was discharged from the Army in 1985 and moved to the Outer Banks. He has kayaked the entire length of the Outer Banks twice, and has paddled every back water from False Cape State Park to the Cape Fear River. Andrew spent 10 years as an eco-tour operator with Corolla Outback Adventures and Backcountry Outfitters based out of Corolla, N.C. During that time he was contracted by the National Geographic Channel to work with Dr. Brady Barr producing the Dangerous Encounters TV series. Andrew loves sharks with a passion. He is a lifelong outdoorsman, a licensed falconer and an expert with venomous snakes, large constrictors and crocodilians as well.
His interest in sharks began in St. Croix, U.S.V.I. at the age of 17 when he saw his first tiger shark up close and personal while free diving for lobster. Trips to Eleuthera and San Salvador in the Bahamas, and witnessing the feeding frenzies at “Shark Hole” drove his interest and desire to work with sharks. Andrew even worked as a volunteer at the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island as a certified diver in the shark tank. However, as with so many things, life got in the way and plans got put on the back burner.
To date Andrew has founded three non-profit organizations in the wildlife sector. As the CEO of a non-profit he has testified before the U.S. congress on three separate occasions regarding wildlife policy and over-regulation by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. Within that context, Andrew has been featured in articles by The New York Times, Reuters, Bloomberg and has been interviewed on National Public Radio’s The Diane Rehm Show. For the last five years Andrew has been working as a consultant on wildlife policy for a Washington, DC government affairs firm.
Now Andrew is committed to educating people about sharks and facilitating shark research on his beloved Outer Banks.