Katy Perry's Super Bowl Left Shark Reveals Identity, Talks Viral Moment

Super Bowl XLIX saw Katy Perry team up with Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz for a high energy halftime show, but it was Left Shark, one of the two dancers dressed in a blue shark costume, who really helped the performance make an impact on the blogosphere.

Ahead of Super Bowl weekend, which will see Justin Timberlake take the main stage, Left Shark unveiled his true identity to NPR and it seems like his choreography at the time was something he thought of on the spot. "So there's a set choreography," Bryan Gaw said of his role as Left Shark. "There's also what's called freestyle choreography, or, like, you get to move around or play your character as a dancer. ... I'm in a 7-foot blue shark costume. There's no cool in that. So what's the other option? Well, I'm gonna play a different character."

At the time of the performance, Gaw had been a dancer for Perry's tour family for five years, before leaving the lifestyle about a year ago and pursuing a job as a hair stylist at Mare Salon in West Hollywood. "Actually I don't get any negative feedback from it," he told the outlet of the infamous character. "If anything, people are, like, 'Whoa, that's so cool!'"

Click here to see NPR's profile on Left Shark, including a photo of the former dancer.

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