Tommy Little’s 30th: Shark Week

Staff Writer

You only get to turn 30 once right? So all week Nova 100’s Tommy Little is receiving the ultimate 30th Birthday presents – so far a combo of extreme sport, fancy dress and strippers (hence the photo).

To be fair it was Meshel Laurie who was behind the strippers.

Tommy’s birthday surprises started as soon as he wandered into work Monday.


The entire Nova breakfast team dressed up –  Meshel  as Darth Vader, EP Nick Daly as a crocodile and a “red hot” chilli costume for Tommy.

While the male strippers were perhaps for Meshel's entertainment, two female strippers dropped off her present for Tommy, a shark diving birthday voucher. Straight after the show Tommy headed to the Melbourne Aquarium for his first shark dive. That dive turned out to be a little awkward.

Tommy said, “At one point I just gave up. It was not scary at all, it was actually relaxing but I kind of gave up on my basic motor skills. I don’t know how to say this but I’d forgotten how to move. At one stage I was falling over and I actually just said to myself, just stop moving Bradley will fix it. I just gave up, I really learnt what I’d be like in a crisis. You know he pulled me up to the surface.”

His Shark days are not over with Meshel revealing that the next stage of his birthday present would be a dive with real sharks in Port Lincoln rather than the showbiz ones in the aquarium.

Meshel said, “I just feel that diving with a showbiz shark is like Merv Hughes reckoning he is facing the elements right now in Africa. It’s showbiz elements. We want real ones, real sharks.”

The team are heading to Neptune Island near Port Lincoln after todays show with the dive taking place on Thursday. Meshel & Tommy will broadcast live from Port Lincoln on Thursday and Friday. 

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