Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars - North Technology

Award-winning shark documentary now available on video

by Dr Guy Harvey on 16 Jul 2012
TigerShark LR .. ©
The way you look at sharks is about to change forever. 'This is Your Ocean: Sharks', the award-winning film festival hit, makes its way to home video for the first time this July.

The documentary follows three of the world's top marine life artists: Wyland, Dr. Guy Harvey and Jim Abernethy, as they take audiences on a voyage that shatters people¹s perceptions of sharks. Dr. Sylvia Earle, legendary ocean explorer, narrates the adventure, shot in The Bahamas, Asia, Pacific Ocean and New York.

The 48-miniute film reveals up close the misconceptions and myths surrounding these misunderstood predators and promotes a call for global shark conservation.


One of the highlights of the film is the story of the relationship between Jim Abernethy and a larger Tiger Shark named Emma. For Abernethy, a shark behavioral expert, Emma¹s role in the film shows an entirely different side to the much maligned and demonized species.

'When I look at Emma, I don't see a 14-foot Tiger Shark, I see a peaceful animal that's established in a relationship with me‹a bond of trust,' said Abernethy, who in the film demonstrates just how far he is willing to go with that trust.

'This Is Your Ocean: Sharks' was part of a campaign led by the Bahamas National Trust encouraging the Bahamian government to increase protection of sharks in their federal waters. This campaign resulted in the prohibition of all commercial shark fishing in its more than 240,000 square miles of territorial waters.

The film, which premiered last year at the prestigious Newport Beach Film Festival, has won considerable critical acclaim, including a Special Achievement Award in Environmental Filmmaking from MacGillivray Freeman Films. It has been shown at various film festivals worldwide.

'It was amazing to be involved with something that had such an emotional impact on the audiences, where people were actually brought to tears,' said Dr. Guy Harvey, an internationally acclaimed marine wildlife artist and scientist known for his ardent advocacy for conservation and ocean research.

'The loss of these apex predators could cause irreversible damage to the ocean¹s ecosystem and result in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars to the tourist trade where shark diving has become a big business.'

Artist Wyland, who also composed some of the music in the documentary added: 'I really owe it to the animals I encounter to try to use my art to protect them.'

Film director George C. Schellenger said much remains to be accomplished to protect the world of sharks, which through commercial overfishing and the growing taste and demand for shark fin soup is being decimated by tens of millions annually. Scientists with the International Union for Conservation of Nature have estimated that 30 percent of the shark and ray species around the world are threatened or near threatened with extinction.

'The artists tell a great story,' Schellenger said. 'We are eager to get this film out to the world. It will continue to make a big difference for sharks, and there¹s more work to be done.'

For more information and/or to purchase a DVD copy, please go to www.guyharvey.com

Southern Spars - 100Colligo Marine 660x82Ancasta Ker 33 660x82

Related Articles

World's First photochromic bi-focal sailing glasses by BZ Optics
BZ Optics, an Australian start-up company have just developed unique sunglass which is specifically designed for sailors BZ Optics- an Australian start-up company have just developed a unique sunglass which is specifically designed for sailors who require glasses to read their watch, computer, digital screens or charts while sailing in no or low light conditions.
Posted today at 2:00 pm
Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image exhibition at the World Sailing conference
The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award keeps growing and improving its structures. World Sailing’s annual conference reassembles World Sailing member national authorities, Committees, Sub-committees, Commissions, Class Associations, sailors, event organizers, boat manufacturers and observers. Up to 700 delegates are expected in Barcelona this year.
Posted on 26 Sep
Olympic Gold medalist and Volvo Ocean Race winner up for WS Board
Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing in November. The five times Olympic medalist, Volvo Ocean Race winner and several times America's Cup competitor will bring a much needed sailing edge to the Board of World Sailing if he can navigate the politics of the controlling body of the sport.
Posted on 25 Sep
Southern Spars en route to Monaco – Stand QSE2
It’s been another big year for the NZ based company, there's lots of exciting things to talk about the Monaco Yacht Show It’s been another big year for the New Zealand based company, giving us lots of exciting things to talk about at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show like our two big projects Adix and Aquijo. Adix, the three-masted 65-metre Dykstra schooner, has been transformed by a rig refit by Southern Spars and Future Fibres.
Posted on 22 Sep
Tony Parker - Basketball player and ambassador of the Bridge
Tony Parker, basketball player with an exemplary sporting career, took advantage of visiting France to launch 100 Club This important meeting took place last Saturday morning on 17th September in Nantes, between Tony Parker, godfather to the Bridge, and the companies which support this Franco American initiative, which will celebrate 100 years of fraternal exchanges between two countries. Tony Parker, the basketball player with an exemplary sporting career, took advantage of visiting France to launch the 100 Club
Posted on 22 Sep
Terry Kohler, driving force of North Technology dies at 82
Terry Kohler who purchased North Sails was the driving force behind the North Technology Group, has died aged 82 Terry Kohler who purchased North Sails from Lowell North over 30 years ago and was the driving force behind the North Technology Group, has died aged 82. With the combined company of North sails and Southern Spars, Kohler created the 'Engine above the Deck' concept which married the technology used to build the sails and spars to be designed and work as an integral unit.
Posted on 21 Sep
Terry Kohler, driving force of North Technology dies at 82
Terry Kohler who purchased North Sails was the driving force behind the North Technology Group, has died aged 82 Terry Kohler who purchased North Sails from Lowell North over 30 years ago and was the driving force behind the North Technology Group, has died aged 82. With the combined company of North sails and Southern Spars, Kohler created the 'Engine above the Deck' concept which married the technology used to build the sails and spars to be designed and work as an integral unit.
Posted on 21 Sep
'Grate Art' in Hong Kong
Hong Kong charity pioneers environmental awareness through innovative storm grate installations In an effort to help Hong Kongers play their part in protecting the world’s ocean, Ocean Recovery Alliance is raising awareness through a unique public art installation called ‘Grate Art’. Hong Kong’s drainage system is one of the main sources for debris outflow into the ocean, and Ocean Recovery Alliance is tackling this problem upstream through an initiative that uses “art for awareness”.
Posted on 14 Sep
The Newport International Boat Show is opening next week!
Newport Exhibition Group has secured a record number of exhibitors, and organized more educational activities Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today that it has secured a record number of exhibitors, and organized more educational activities and attractions for showgoers than ever before.
Posted on 9 Sep
Brookes and Gatehouse Videos with Knut Frostad
Navico, the parent company for Brookes and Gatehouse (B&G), Simrad and Lowrance have prepared some terrific videos Navico, the parent company for Brookes and Gatehouse (B&G), Simrad and Lowrance have prepared some terrific videos with Knut Frostad, the legendary Volvo Ocean Race sailor and former CEO. See him talk about sailing in general, the B&G product choices and placement he made for his own boat, and then why he loves his Outremer 5X.
Posted on 8 Sep