Toronto-raised actress Nina Dobrev is swimming with sharks – for a good cause!
The 28-year-old actress has partnered with ocean conservation organization Oceana to help raise awareness about the global shark fin trade. As part of the campaign, Dobrev conquered her fears to dive into the deep end and swim with live sharks.
“Millions of sharks end up in the global fin trade every year,” she says in the newly released PSA of her shark swim. “Many grow slowly, which means they face a high risk of extinction.”
The actress revealed she once feared sharks, but her understanding of the underwater creatures has led to a new respect.
“I am thrilled to join up with Oceana and help fight for healthy oceans. I’ve been fascinated by sharks for a while. They used to scare me, but once I realized what amazing creatures they are, I knew I needed to lend my voice to Oceana’s campaign,” the actress said in a press release.
“I was really struck by how graceful sharks are – and how uninterested they were in me. These are unique, fascinating animals and they deserve our respect,” Dobrev said.