Journey to Shark Eden
All I can say is WOW...
I've never seen so many sharks in one place at the same time and even
though I thought I was watching CGI, the actual fact of the matter is
that a place like this really exists. Located in the remote corner of
the South Pacific which parallels the Galapagos, for sharks, this place
is like their own private Great
Barrier Reef that is filled with coral and an abundant amount of fish.
This documentary explores this place with Dr. Enric Sala and and Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay who attempt to unlock
the secrets of this place from its majestic wonder to its scientific
secrets. More specifically, how to save this place from humans, the
ultimate predators and mankind's ridiculous hunting of shark for their
fins. Joining Sala is a group of experts as they gather evidence in
order to petition the government of this region to turn it into a
Journey to Shark Eden
begins with the team arriving on Flint Island after a vigorous journey
by ship which was 38 hours. The movie goes into good depth of how these
islands were formed and why it has become a wildlife wonderland. From
corals to fish and the greatest predators in the ocean, sharks... this
film also highlights the dangers of the divers who are attempting to
research this untouched Mecca.
The documentary does one
Hollywood technique and saves the best for last as they slowly build to
the crescendo of the amazing different species of sharks living in this
amazing world. It's a well presented documentary that ensures it can be
watched by people of all ages and education levels. Another great
National Geographic release.
The audio of this
release supports Dolby Digital 2.0 which is crystal clear and has an
interesting and immersive soundtrack. The video quality is stunning
which boasts 16:9 widescreen with exceptionally vibrant colours, sharp
images and some amazing cinematography.
To compliment this documentary, there is a bonus feature called
Ultimate Shark that
looks at sharks throughout the ages and how these creatures have become
the perfect hunters. Using expert interviews, CGI and even discussions
with shark survivors, it's a great study of these ultimate predators
which more often than not, do not purposely hunt man.
Needless to say, it's
quite an interesting look into how one of the world's oldest creatures
have managed to survive millions of years and only now, is threatened by
real extinction. One scene is quite memorable as they capture a great
white to study it and then all the scientists attempt to free it after
it has been tagged. Just be warned, this special feature is a little
gory in terms of shark autopsies and their bloody atacks.
If you're interested in
wildlife and more specifically sharks, than this is a must have
documentary for your collection. In the end, white sharks are not the
dumb animals that they have been dubbed and once again not the enemies
that we have unceremoniously dubbed them.