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was born 12/30/1958 in Zurich, Switzerland.
The Swiss shark scientist grew up in Zollikon, a village on the shores of Zurich
Lake, where he attended school and spent every spare minute by the water. He
studied biology and zoology at the University of Zurich, specializing in the
muscle systems of sharks. After his doctoral studies in behavioral ecology,
in 1992, he switched over to the University of Miami to dedicate himself
exclusively to the study of shark behavior and their interactions with humans.
He has been on the faculty of Hofstra University in New York since 1995.
Erich Ritter is the ‘chief specialist’ of the Global Attack File in Princeton, New Jersey, where his main involvement is that of the reconstruction and analysis of ‘shark-accidents’. He is also cofounder of the Shark Foundation in the USA and Switzerland.
Ritter works exclusively with bull-sharks, lemon-sharks and white sharks, conducting in-depth studies of their body-language and signals at close encounter with humans. His ADORE-SANE concept is the leading one of interaction-concepts in relations to these animals.
Erich Ritter has been diving for over 20 years. He is a certified PADI Dive and First Aid Instructor, and DAN (Divers Alert Network) Oxygen Instructor.
His hobbies include spending time with his dog Bogy, flying, and participating in Iron-man Triathlons.
Erich Ritter is one of the world's best-known shark scientists. His work has been televised by all major networks in Europe and the USA.
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