For the second yr in a row, YouTuber Mark Rober will make an look throughout Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week — however this time, he’s teaming up with NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal and sports activities leisure conglomerate Dude Excellent for the particular ShaqAttack.
In a video on his channel, which has 13.1 million subscribers, Mark revealed that he designed a human-shaped shark cage to check whether or not the oft-maligned sea creatures reply extra to human blood or fish blood. Earlier than you watch the 40-year-old check out his new creation, right here’s what we discovered in regards to the daredevil’s spectacular background.
Who’s Mark Rober on Shark Week’s ‘ShaqAttack’?
The science guru was a mechanical engineer for NASA, and spent a majority of his 9 years there engaged on the Curiosity rover, which is at present on Mars. He left the comfortable gig in 2013 to make wearable tech Halloween costumes (sure, actually).
“It is a little bit bit scary,” Mark admitted in an interview with Wired when requested about quitting his job at NASA to begin his personal firm. “However on the identical time, it is such a cool alternative. It is simply a type of issues in life you have simply bought to see what occurs.”
He added, “One of many issues that all the time appealed to me about NASA was we had been all the time doing cool stuff that nobody’s completed earlier than. Granted nothing’s as cool as constructing spaceships, however there’s additionally one thing cool about getting an electronic mail from a [customer] that claims: ‘I’ve by no means given so many high-fives as I did final evening.'”
Mark first joined YouTube in 2011 whereas he was nonetheless working at NASA and continued to submit his personal content material after changing into a product designer for Apple, the place he spent 4 years creating digital actuality patents. Speak about an superior resume.
Mark contracted the coronavirus earlier than he was scheduled to movie within the Bahamas.
The web character nearly didn’t make his Shark Week deadline after testing constructive for COVID-19 earlier this summer season. “This simply made me actually unhappy as a result of not solely was I going to overlook out on this epic journey, however so far as I used to be involved, I used to be mainly simply ready to die,” Mark admitted in a latest video.
By the point he bought higher, the Bahamas had banned vacationers touring from the U.S. on industrial flights — so he took a personal jet. “Since this was the primary and final time I might ever have my very own private G6, I acted like I’d been right here earlier than just like the true skilled I’m… I imply, principally,” Mark teased.
ShaqAttack airs Monday, Aug. 10 at 9 p.m. ET on Discovery Channel.