EDMONTON- Swimming with sharks will provide even the most fearless risk-takers with a rush, but one Alberta daredevil is upping the ante – doing just that but without any arms or legs.
Daniel Ennett, 22, hosts a reality TV show called Invincible in which he goes on various heart-stopping adventures like skydiving.
The University of Alberta psychology student had his limbs amputated as a child after contracting meningitis.
“We’ve gotten to understand that he’s (Ennett) really comfortable pushing the limit,” Kurt Spenrath, a producer and director with Open Sky Pictures said. “So we came up with something that was a first – that was a little bit insane.”
In season three of Invincible, Ennett, the world’s first quadruple amputee to be open water certified, goes scuba diving with sharks off the coast of Florida.
“We originally planned for me to be a in cage, but the cage was very rickety and useless,” Ennett said. “So we just ended up foregoing that.”
Spenrath said on the last day of diving, Ennett encountered a particularly adrenaline-inducing shark- a Hammerhead.
“We were kind of finishing up for the day, when all of a sudden, the third most dangerous meat-eating shark in the world swims up and circles around Danny for seven minutes,” Spenrath said.
Spenrath said the award-winning show began as a show about a “cool, disabled guy” but is now just about a “cool guy.”
Invincible can be seen on Telus Optik TV or YouTube.
With files from Su-Ling Goh