Wednesday 7 December 2016

Tom Daley transformed by body paint ahead of Shark Week

Published 16/07/2015 | 16:02

Olympic diver Tom Daley swapping his swimming shorts for shark skin-style body paint to raise awareness of the important role sharks play in the ecosystem. (PA)
Olympic diver Tom Daley swapping his swimming shorts for shark skin-style body paint to raise awareness of the important role sharks play in the ecosystem. (PA)
Olympic diver Tom Daley swapping his swimming shorts for shark skin-style body paint to raise awareness of the important role sharks play in the ecosystem

Olympic diver Tom Daley swapped his skimpy swimming shorts for shark skin-style body paint in a striking series of shots to celebrate one of the planet's greatest predators.

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The 21-year-old Briton, who won bronze at the London 2012 Olympics, teamed up with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment to create the body art.

It took four hours for two artist specialists to complete the transformation. Daley's 5ft 9in (1.75m) frame was covered from head to toe in a water-based paint, with the design created by British body painting artist, Emma Fay.

A behind-the-scenes video of the transformation can be seen on Daley's YouTube channel.

He said: "I've always been really fascinated by sharks. They're incredible marine animals, but not always in the news for the right reasons.

"Despite high profile news stories, the percentage of people hurt by sharks is very low, relative to the millions of people who swim and spend time in the ocean.

"Sharks play a vital role to the health of the ocean. They keep fish populations balanced and protect habitats.

"Without sharks, the health of the ocean ecosystem would completely change."

The sports star, originally from Plymouth, underwent the transformation ahead of the start of Shark Week in the UK, which runs from August 2.

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