The Truth Will Surface
Sharkwater is definitely one of the most powerful
documentaries that I have seen in quite some time as filmmaker Rob
Stewart takes us on a personal journey to save one of the most
endangered species on the planet, the shark. Since a boy, Stewart
has had a passion for sharks that led to become an underwater
photographer and advocate for sharks, as mankind hunts this noble
underwater predator to extinction.
Throughout the documentary, Stewart clever dispels many of the shark
myths that these are mindless predators and attack only to fulfill
some primeval hunger, rather sharks are quite intelligent creatures
and are a vital part of the underwater food chain.
times, some of these myths and strategies towards sharks are quite
laughable such as the 1960's American Air Force film to assist
fallen airmen into the ocean. One of these strategies involve
shouting into the water to scare away sharks with the commentator
making a bold statement to remember, humans are smarter than sharks.
On average, only 5 people die per year world wide from shark
attacks, whereas Elephants and Tigers kill around 100 people year.
Unfortunately the "fear" of sharks causes many to shudder.
Sharkwater is also filmed in high definition video which looks
amazing and is complimented with vibrant colours and extremely sharp
picture quality. At times, it's like you are actually part of this
underwater wonder world and it assists in transferring Stewart's
passion when you see how cruel man can be towards these ancient
Stewart takes viewers to the one of the world's last great shark
populations in the marine reserves of the Cocos Islands, Costa Rica
and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Joining forces with renegade conservationist Paul Watson of the
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, together they attempt to uncover
the corruptions within these government as they illegally line fish
for sharks in order to collect shark fins.
As the documentary progresses, we learn that the Taiwanese mafia are
involved in one of the biggest political corruption scandals in
Costa Rica where millions of sharks have been killed for their fins.
What is even more disturbing that once these sharks are captured,
they cut their fins and throw their bodies back into the ocean.
The documentary is quite daring at times as the Sea Shepherd rams an
illegal fishing boat, with the crew only to be arrested by the Costa
Rican authorities. Rather than face their unfair judicial system,
they make a mad dash to international waters, only to be chased by
the coast guard. Acts like this, only showcases the passion behind
these amazing people and their fight for one of the most endangered
species on the planet.
It's a gripping documentary from start to finish that actually
overturned the governments decision to allow line fishing with the
Galapagos Islands due to public outrage. There was never a dull
moment within this documentary that had me glued to the screen for
the entire length. I would recommend this documentary to everyone
and hopefully one day, these ancient predators will be a protected
The Making of Sharkwater
Sharkwater ‘Beneath the Surface’
United States Air Force Training Film