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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sharkwater, Filming A Transformation From Predator To Prey

Courtesy of Kickstarter, Huntington Beach, California.

Sharkwater: Extinction is a proposed documentary by Canadian biologist, activist and filmmaker Rob Stewart to his first film in 2006 called Sharkwater. His films are meant to save sharks by exposing the billion dollar companies in the cosmetics, food manufacturing, and pet food industries that use and mask their use of sharks in their products.

Sharkwater is a 2006 documentary film written, directed and narrated by Stewart who seeks to deflate human attitudes vis-a-vis sharks and exposes how the voracious shark-hunting industry is driving them to extinction [see full documentary below].

Sharkwater explores the densest shark populations in the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption of the shark-hunting industry in the marine reserves of Cocos Island in Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.

Stewart travels with Paul Watson and his Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship as they confront shark poachers in Guatemala and Costa Rica. Among the group's experiences are boat chases with poachers and police, boat ramming, hidden camera footage of massive shark finning facilities, corrupt court systems and eventually attempted murder charges which force Stewart and Watson to flee from the police. Stewart explores how the increasing demand for shark-fin soup in Asia is fueling an illegal trade in sharks. His expedition is cut short, however, when he is diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis from which he recovers.

Stewart discovers that sharks have gone from predator to prey, and how despite surviving the Earth's history of mass extinctions, as well as being a predator that prevents the over-consumption of plankton by other fish, moderating global warming, they could easily be wiped out within a few years.

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