"There is no evidence or reason to suggest that the tagging of four white sharks over a period of 24 hours .... by the Ocearch Programme had any role to play in the tragic events that occurred at Caves," according to the statement.
The National Geographic Channel also commented: "National Geographic Channel shares our sincere condolences to the family of the surfer killed today off the coast of South Africa. While it is true we do have a series currently airing on the channel called 'Shark Men' with Chris Fischer, we have not renewed the series for another season, have no plans to renew, and are not filming new episodes at this time. Therefore, the filming we understand was taking place in South Africa related to this incident was NOT for National Geographic Channel, for future episodes of 'Shark Men' or any other National Geographic production. We think the filming might be for another network, but as we are not involved do not have details."