SEA SHEPHERD SUNSHINE COAST PRESENTS A SCREENING OF THE AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY, 'SHARKWATER'.
SHARKS ARE A VITAL PART OF OCEAN ECOSYSTEMS AND MANY SPECIES ARE CURRENTLY BEING WIPED OUT, COME AND SUPPORT SEA SHEPHERD AND SHARKWATER AND FIND OUT WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT THESE ANIMALS FROM BECOMING EXTINCT..
Where- Australia Zoo Animal Hospital
When- 5.30pm, 20th October 2010Cost- $5 donation to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
What- For filmmaker Rob Stewart, exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth.
Driven by passion fed from a lifelong fascination with sharks, Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas.
Filmed in visually stunning, high definition video, Sharkwater takes you into the most shark rich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world's shark populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
In an effort to protect sharks, Stewart teams up with renegade conservationist Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Their unbelievable adventure together starts with a battle between the Sea Shepherd and shark poachers in Guatemala, resulting in pirate boat rammings, gunboat chases, mafia espionage, corrupt court systems and attempted murder charges, forcing them to flee for their lives.
Through it all, Stewart discovers these magnificent creatures have gone from predator to prey, and how despite surviving the earth's history of mass extinctions, they could easily be wiped out within a few years due to human greed.
Stewart's remarkable journey of courage and determination changes from a mission to save the world's sharks, into a fight for his life, and that of humankind.
Shark finning refers to the removal and retention of shark fins and the discard at sea of the carcass. The shark is most often still alive when it is tossed back into the water. Unable to swim, the shark slowly sinks toward the bottom where it is eaten alive by other fish.
Shark specialists estimate that 100 million sharks are killed for their fins, annually.
Due to the loss and devastation of shark populations around the world. Experts estimate that within a decade, most species of sharks will be lost because of longlining.
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