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tonight on "nightline" -- the shark whisperer. an extraordinary undersea journey with the guy who believes the world's most feared predator is deeply misunderstood. >> i know sharks like affection. >> we are going jaw to jaw with known killers to find out if sharks can actually be man's new best friend. >> are you kidding me? ♪ feeling so exotic >> she is an international superstar, now former ms. world is making her way from bollywood to hollywood with those exotic good looks and friend like pit bull supporting her.
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♪ ♪ can she make it in america? >> and crack is whack. after months of denials, a shocking confession from the mayor of toronto. >> yes, i have smoked crack cocaine. >> is his career about to go up in smoke? woah, this k l! the tour. give him the tour. let me show you! soft-close drawers, farm sink! where's my room? we had to take just a little bit for the kitchen. because your kitchen dreams can be big. ikea has it all. at kaiser permanente we've reduced serious heart attacks by 62%, which makes days with grandpa jack 100% more possible.
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join us at and thrive. woah, this k l! the tour. give him the tour. let me show you! soft-close drawers, farm sink! where's my room? we had to take just a little bit for the kitchen. because your kitchen dreams can be big. ikea has it all. good evening. it is pretty much a universally terrifying notion -- coming face to face with a shark. now, one of the most hated beasts on earth has a controversial new spokesman. this guy not only swims unprotected with sharks he treats them like pets. critics say his message may be good, but they argue his method are irresponsible and even
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dangerous. tonight, abc's matt gutman suits up and gets in the water with the shark whisperer. it may be the sum of all human fears, maybe just mine. >> on your left. on your left. >> reporter: coming face to jaws with a 14-foot tiger shark, the size of a car. >> wow. >> reporter: you think "jaws." the apex predators that could sw swallow you whole. great whites gnashing at shark cages, the surfer chomped by a tiger shark in hawaii. check out videos filmed recently off a california beach. >> he is checking me out. >> reporter: a great white. here is another cruising beneath unsuspecting surfer. there were 80 unprovoked shark attacks reported on humans last year. ten years ago it was just 60 attacks. these must be aggressive, blood-thirsty creatures, right?
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maybe not. we flew out to the shark mecca of the bahamas to find out for ourselves. motoring 30 miles out on the turquoise atlantic. >> tell me when you want it? ready? one, two, three. all for a rendezvous with jim abernathy, a shark conservationist. a man who believes sharks can be friends, not foes. minutes later the bait is tossed overboard to get the sharks to circle. >> sharks are around us. you expect the tigers to come around once we are down there. >> i hope so, right? >> yeah! >> everything looks perfect. >> reporter: abernathy has been diving with sharks for 35 years. one of the first to escape the steel cages and begin interacting with the animals directly. interaction that has turned into affection. abernathy gained international notoriety and host of critics with this kiss of a supposedly
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deadly tiger shark six years ago. eventually abernathy would devil of -- develop a theory that they're docile and can be trained. he calls them "his pets." in particular there is a 14-foot wild tiger shark he named emma. do you think you have a relationship with emma? >> i think so. i don't expect other people to think that. most people would believe only what they see. >> reporter: for nine years he has been lovingly saving them from hooks, parasites and occasionally ropes. >> cut it. whoa! yeah. push it back! push it back! yeah! whoa! >> reporter: the shark doesn't realize is it likes affection. >> reporter: you think sharks lick like affection? >> no, i no sharks like affection. because they come back for it like a dog. or a cat.
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they even lean into it. >> reporter: i see it. i see that you are not -- it has to be true. they come back to me over and over and over again. >> reporter: but abernathy isn't naive. before plunking in i get an indepth tutorial an reality check about keeping an eye on bigger sharks. because they're more dangerous? >> because if a small shark was to make a mistake and bite you, chances are, we could probably handle it. if a big shark makes a mistake and bites you, chances are you are going to bleed to death on the boat. >> okay. >> big distinction. >> reporter: in 2008, one of his divers was mauled by a tiger shark. the tragic accident in open water. he died. a number of years ago there was a person on one of your tours who died as a result of a bite. what happened? >> i have been asked by the father not to talk about what happened on that day because he does want to relive the
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incident. but a series of mistakes were made. >> reporter: human or animal? >> human. >> reporter: human mistakes? >> yeah. >> reporter: he blames human air railroad for the shark that chewed into his arm. he says there is risk but sharks under far greater threat. humans kill 100 million sharks per year. for shark fins, just to kill the supposed monsters. the probability you could become shark bait yourself, one in 264 million. statistically more likely to die from a falling coconut. the concept of man eating sharks, total bunk. no such thing. >> reporter: no? >> exempt in movies. >> reporter: he also says he has led thousand of successful safe expeditions that have advanced the cause of the much maligned creatures. >> this is okay. >> reporter: we suit up. abernathy and i wearing dive masks that enable us to communicate underwater. wearing nothing thicker than a
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welt suit wet suit as protection. you have to be fully in black. sharks like color. >> step down on the platform. >> we ease into the water following the bait crates. 40 feet down, a whirlwind of sharks. our very own shark-nado. abernathy swims to the center with me in tow. >> turn around, matt, turn around. >> wow. suddenly we are surrounded by giant tiger sharks. and there as if on cue. emma, the big one there spots an old friend. >> it is incredible. he believes she follows his boat even recognizes him. watch how slowly she approaches him. it is not just emma who seems to want attention.
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watch, something never before seen on camera. are you kidding me? are you kidding me? what are you doing? a full 30 second of cuddling. >> what is that? i don't know if you saw that, matt. came up on my left, i was watching the tiger. incredible. >> reporter: the others are also curious. >> they keep nibbling at the camera. in one case, gobbling the camera i am holding. the white color of the camera pole remind them of fish. they try to taste. >> matt, you don't realize there is a bunch of other sharks here now. >> i am. they keep trying to eat the camera. we head back for fresh air tanks. and he explains how unique the experience with the planet's apex predators really is. >> you can't run in africa with the lions, right? >> reporter: right. >> you can swim every day with
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large sharks. they do it all over the world. we head down below one last time to a quiet world lived at a shark's pace. soon enough, abernathy's supermodel walks the runway again. now it was my time to show emma some love. i reach out my hand. and scratch as emma glide slowly away back towards abernathy. her favorite human pal. matt gutman, abc news, bahamas. >> i'm actually starting to like emma. thanks to a very brave matt gutman. this question, do you agree that sharks really want affection. you can tweet us@nightline. she has come all the way from bollywood to take on hollywood. can this former miss world make it in america? >> and the shocking image today from the mayor of toronto -- did he really smoke crack. >> announcer: abc news "nightline" brought to you by nissan. now if kevin can just seize the opportunity.
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tonight a very unusual twist on a story about a young woman trying to make it in hollywood. she has a lot going for her. she is beautiful. talented. smart. and then there is this. she is already very, very famous. on the other side of the planet. here is abc's nick watt. ♪ >> reporter: she is one of the biggest movie stars on this earth. she sings, she dances. she smoelders. she smolders.
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revered by men. idolized by women. there are parts of the world she physically cannot walk down the street. she is so famous. >> what is going on in the studio today? >> reporter: you have probably never heard of her. is that about to change. >> i think this is us, isn't it? >> this is you. >> reporter: i wonder if they're ready for a big indian superstar? >> you never know. that's the point of taking the chance. >> reporter: she is arguably india's most famous woman. i join the 31-year-old bollywood sensati sensation, one time miss world when sheep ju just landed in l.e is hoping to become america's next big pop star. >> bring pop music, an interesting twist . >> reporter: she is collaborating with new friend,
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hip-hop superstar, pit bull. my word. raunchy. the song is called unsurprisingly exotic. and hit machine ♪ we've got everything you need ♪ >> reporter: you are trying to do pop music with an indian twist. not that easy? >> no it is not. some times it works. some times it doesn't. >> reporter: you are selling this exotic indian whole thing. >> it is super tricky. i am trying not to be american. trying not to be indian. that's just me. what that is. i don't know. whatever music i make. if people like it, it is for who i am. it's not because i am indian. >> we can let go. >> it's not good. i don't like it. >> i don't like it either. >> become to the booth. >> reporter: we are hanging with her at the studio while she lays
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down a robin thicke duet. ♪ if you can't hear what i am trying to say ♪ and polishes her own new solo single. ♪ we can let go >> reporter: do you think this is going to work? do you think pop music in america is going to work for you? >> i have no idea if it is going to work or not. all i know is, i am not thinking about it. of course i want it to work. but that is not the ambition of this. >> reporter: is there an element of fear within you of kind of going back to india in a sense with like the tail between your legs that it didn't work out here? >> what worries me and what i am really afraid of is it is scary to go into, you know a completely new culture and, and, see if what you are all about will be accepted or not? >> i love that shirt. >> reporter: she is a hand-on perfectionist, because the stakes couldn't be hypigher. this could be her one and only
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shot. >> these last ones are amazinam. >> reporter: of course this is a struggling pop stare with a big difference. >> reporter: you are not having to wait tables in the evening? >> i know. >> reporter: she parlayed her foreign fame into a guess jeans contract. ♪ as well as a spot in the open of the nfl's thursday night football. ♪ come on come on ♪ ♪ come to a party >> reporter: how american. the pr blitz is working. but the goal is still some way off. taking a bollywood hhair heroine and molding her into an american. it's not that much of a stretch. she is familiar with american culture. >> here we go. >> miss india.
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>> reporter: she went to high school here in the u.s. but went home to india where she quickly became a beauty queen and crowned miss world, 2000. >> i had some major things in school it really got to me. >> like school yard bullying. >> a one girl who hated me. because of you i am famous. i should find you on facebook. she was really evil to me. she hated me. and she and her ten girls were like, these, bad -- girls who would throw people down into the lockers when they walk. >> reporter: times have changed, but perhaps only so much. >> miss new york! >> look what happened when the contender of indian descent won the miss america tpageant. >> she got the brunt of it she was called miss america. >> reporter: if miss america was
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first generation norwegian this would never have happened? >> probably. she would look like what miss america is to be. america is a melting pot of every culture. >> reporter: there will be people who don't like you because of where you are from? >> yes. because i think i have been a famous person for long enough to know that you can't please everyone. you have to be accepting of all kind of people. and then life is just easier. >> reporter: i think i might just have fall in in love with her. ♪ don't know where we are going to be ♪ >> reporter: smart, beautiful, talented and funny. >> would you like some cookies. >> i have had some cookies. i was the first. >> thank you, you have impeccable manners. >> reporter: so are a lot of american wannabe pop stars and actress actresses. >> reporter: you come here with little kur in scurrency in this. >> america, the land of dreams. i come here wanting to be the best i can be.
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>> reporter: she sound american already. i'm nick watt for "nightline," los angeles. >> i think my man nick has a little bit of a crush. our thanks to him nonetheless. coming up next, the street performer in berlin about to get the surprise of his life. ♪ ♪ monitoring center, where experts watch over all drilling activity twenty-four-seven. and we're sharing what we've learned, so we can all produce energy more safely. our commitment has never been stronger. [ female announcer ] feed a man a cookie and he eats a cookie. ♪ feed him a fresh baked cookie and he eats a much, much better cookie. bake the world a better place with nestle toll house.
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tonight's "feed frenzy" is unexpected moments. first a confession, mayor of toronto, rob ford admitting he smoked crack. he denied this for months. police announce they'd had a videotape. so today, standing outside of city hall, the mayor let the cat out of the bag. >> yes i have smoked crack cocaine. am i an addict, no? have i tried it, probablien one of my drunken stupors. >> the mayor says he feels relieved of aburden,
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constituents maybe not so much. check out the lucky day for strangers at a gas station. >> you guys get free gas today. i'll pay for your gas. >> the two from give back films, walked up to people and offered to foot the bill. i'm paying for your gas. >> you guys win the lottery? >> trying to do a kind thing. no problem, man. no problem, man. >> yes, may have seemed too good to be true. some times people are offering you a free ride. >> have a good day, man. >> final unexpected moment on the streets of berlin, this bussibus i ker was belting it out, when the guy who wrote the song popped into frame. one, two, three. ♪ run away turn away run away turn away ♪ >> the singer walking his dog and making one aspiring singer's day. >> thank you very much. >> is thisou


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