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A University of St Andrews marine archaeologist is to dive with sharks to raise cash for cancer research.

Sixty-year old Dr Colin Martin of the School of History is to dive with six eight-foot Tiger sharks in the million gallon tank, the world’s largest underwater safari, at Deep Sea World, North Queensferry in aid of the Cancer Research Campaign Scotland on Tuesday 16 May 2000.

Dr Martin said, “I must admit to being nervous about the dive but doubt that 60-year old meat wrapped in rubber will hold much attraction for well-fed Tiger sharks!”

An underwater archaeologist, Dr Martin’s work on the wreck of a Cromwellian shipwreck off Mull was recently the subject of a television documentary in the popular BBC2 series Journeys to the Bottom of the Sea. In his diving career, he has encountered sharks in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and off south-west Ireland.

Sponsors are invited to send donations to Dr Martin at the Department of Scottish History, St Katharine’s Lodge, The Scores, St Andrews, KY16 9AL. Photographic evidence of the dive will be available after the event.

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Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information please contact Claire Grainger on 01334 462530, 07887 650072 or email cg24@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: sharks/standrews/chg/9may2000

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