The science world is mourning the passing of noted marine biologist Jacques Cousineau, who was eaten alive by a great white shark off the coast of South Africa after loaning his protective cage to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
Cousineau, 53, had reportedly been reluctant to conduct research in the shark-infested waters without his cage, but told friends that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon “can be very persuasive.”
The scientist’s cage, which has protected him over two decades of shark research, has been featured on WWE programming over the past two weeks, to be used as a means to prevent Chris Jericho from interfering in a match to help his bromantic partner, Kevin Owens.
Cousineau was highly regarded in marine biology, having discovered a number of aquatic animals, including the round-bodied tenta shark, the bobby fish, and the boston crab.
WWE announced it will pay tribute to Cousineau’s pioneering work in marine biology by airing a Total Divas Bikini Contest on next week’s Raw.