Mike deGruy had a lifelong interest in all things ocean, a BS and 3 years of Graduate School in Marine Biology, followed by making films in the ocean for over 35 years.
He was a dynamic force exposing and espousing the wonders of the sea. His enthusiasm fired up audiences around the globe and his film work thrilled everyone who was lucky to watch.
He was an award winning filmmaker, writer, producer, director of photography and television host with over thirty prestigious awards including three EMMYs. The list of his work is very long but it does not do justice to the enthusiasm that inspired, excited and motivated everyone that he interacted with.
On April 2, 1978, Mike deGruy and a fellow researcher were shooting in a little known area of the Eniwetok Atoll when he was violently attacked by a grey reef shark. It ripped the top of his right arm off and left him bleeding profusely in the shark-filled waters of the lagoon. His diving partner was less severely attacked by the same shark. They were 10 miles out, with no land in sight and nobody in their 21-foot boat to help. Mike accepted his impending fate, rolled over on his back, used his left hand to clamp off the blood flow from his right arm, and slowly kicked toward the boat. The expected second attack never came, and his partner was already in the boat to help him.