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CREDITS:Created by Goodey and Whelski, Directed by Nick Goodey, Special Thanks to Dr. and Mrs. Stelling and Barry Lipsky, Written and Produced by Joe Whelski and Nick Goodey, Associate Producer: Erin Clayton, DP: Will Atherton, Starring--Shark: Natalie Frost, Girl: Mila Milosevic Guy: Kevin Coyle, Editor: Matt Hartman, Shark Costume by: Cheryl McCarron, Music: Hellbirds, Color Correction: Phil Choe, Mix & Sound Design: Lee Salevan, Sound: Jack Flachsbart, Pablo Diez and Juan Bertran , Shark Footage by Paul Wildman, Crew: Steve Peralta, Amy Lipsky
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Julie Andersen, founder of Shark Angels, returns to Cocos Island nearly 10 years after visiting the first time, on a mission to protect the oceans with Mission Blue and Fusion Networks... She tells us what she saw. Bottom line: Cocos Island and so many places like it need our help...
Written By: Julie Andersen
Nearly a decade ago, I journeyed to Cocos Island, Costa Rica to experience first-hand the incredible schools of scalloped hammerhead sharks it is famous for. As a shark lover and passionate scuba diver, I couldn’t imagine a more amazing place. What I experienced instead was the impact of illegal shark fishing – from dwindling numbers of animals in a protected reserve – to the blatant fishing that occurred at night around the island, the under-resourced park rangers unable to stop the ruthless onslaught. Dozens of fishing lights at night blinking on the horizon and huge bags full of seized long lines filling warehouses in the ranger station haunted my memories.
Written by Dan Abbott, Media & Conservation Coordinator, White Shark Africa, whitesharkafrica.com
In Australia, Mexico and South Africa, great white shark cage diving is an ever growing industry. Whether for an adrenaline rush, an interest in sharks, or just something to do for a day while traveling, thousands of tourists jump into cages to experience the great white.
What does this do for the white shark?
There are many controversial issues around white shark cage diving, and the effects it may be having on the animal. The biggest issue however must be around the protection of the sharks.
Worldwide sharks are being killed at an unsustainable rate, it is estimated a staggering 100 million sharks die at the hands of humans. 70 million of those are thought to be as a result of shark finning, as the shark fin soup industry in china grows, it puts more and more pressure on fishermen to kill more and more sharks. As the fin is all that is needed, the rest of the shark is thrown back into the ocean, often still alive.
Sport fishing, beach nets and by catch are also wiping out shark numbers across the world, 90% of shark species are believed to be endangered.
So what can cage diving actually do about this?
To the majority of the world, the shark is a feared predator. Making support for the shark a challenging issue. Where white shark cage diving can help change this, is through the education that should be being provided on the boat during the experience. As the clients see the sharks for themselves, a pre conceived opinion of a mindless killer, can change to that of respect and admiration for an apex predator.
If no education or research is being done by white shark cage operators, then it is simply a business, contributing nothing to the protection and conservation to these animals, merely providing tourists with their great underwater photos of a huge shark.