Meet Justin Bullard and Dani Julien, tonight’s survivalists on Naked And Afraid. Check out some background on each of them, the problems that arise on the show, and some info on the dangerous area the two have to overcome together.
1. Survivalist Justin Takes Out His Sexism on Dani
In this episode of Naked And Afraid, titled “Blood In The Water,” two survivalists must face starvation, sexist comments, and swarms. When Justin and Dani meet, things go well, but Justin tells the cameras that he’s a Southern guy who’s old-fashioned and likes things done a certain way … Justin’s bio reads:
Justin was born and raised in the small country town of Bryceville, Florida, where God, guns, and fishing were life for him. Justin’s family hails from southern Georgia and he swears that is where his heart still belongs.
Watch the above video to see the jabs Justin throws and his dated point of view on “the woman’s role.”
2. Justin Bullard Is a Firefighter and Paramedic
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According to Justin’s Naked and Afraid bio, he is a 30-year-old firefighter and paramedic from Florida.
At the age of ten, his uncle Emory took him under his wing and introduced Justin to the outdoors. At eleven years old, Justin (with the help of his uncle) hunted his first whitetail deer. From that life-changing moment, his love for the outdoors was born.
Justin’s specialties are in hunting and wilderness edibles. While growing up:
It was through his love of hunting whitetail deer and wild hog that Justin became nearly obsessed with wild plants and edibles. From wild berries and fruit to soft and hard mast crops, he read every book or article he could find pertaining to local wild edible food. Through this endeavor, Justin began learning about which wild plants humans could eat to survive.
Justin has been married for five years and has a two-year-old boy who is said to already be showing signs that he’ll be an outdoorsy kind of guy.
3. The Two Drink From a “Blue Hole” Without Boiling the Water First
Their island has blue holes of water that are supplied by the salt water from the ocean, but fresh rain water sits on the top surface. When drinking water like this, boiling it is important to kill bacteria, but Dani and Justin feel that the UV rays are so strong at their location, that they will kill any bacteria … Hopefully that’s the case of the two of them can become very sick.
4. Dani Julien Suffers From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Years ago, Dani went through a truly traumatic incident. Her Discover bio tells the story:
While volunteering in Tanzania, Dani was part of a tragic incident involving the death of her friend and roommate. She swiftly returned home suffering from post-traumatic stress, but through wilderness exposure and therapy she found peace and began to develop an interest in survival knowledge. She has been practicing on her own for five years.
Aside from the obstacles Dani’s overcome, she has a lot going for with big plans for the future.
She’s currently the subject of a new documentary being filmed in Yosemite that will be released in the fall of 2016, and is training hard to meet her goal of solo-climbing El Capitan. Also an avid cyclist, Dani plans to participate in the AIDS Lifecycle with her father in 2015. She tries to live every day to the fullest, and spends as much time outside as she can. Dani’s future plans involve someday opening an adventure sports camp for children living in transitional housing situations.
5. These Two Are Tackling the Terrain of Andros Island In the Bahamas
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Andros Island actually has the world’s largest collection of blue holes and is the biggest, yet most sparsely developed land in the Bahamas. The rocks are very jagged and the blue holes can be dangerous if you go in too deep. Nature.org describes the island as this:
The largest and least populated of the Bahamian islands is Andros Island, a place of vast, uninhabited expanses and a wealth of biodiversity.
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