Sharks have a bad rap. Ever since Jaws, both the movie and the novel, scared the wits out of us in the 1970s it seems we have had a tenuous relationship with the pelagic predators. News stories about socalled attacks (which mostly turn out to be exploratory bites) abound, with salacious headlines that grab readers and click-bait stories with little to no real information aside from the gruesome details. If it bleeds it leads, and if you believe the internet, then there’s blood in the water all over the place. The truth is somewhere further down the line. Sharks are not altogether harmless, but they also deserve our respect as essential pieces of the cycle of life. There are some wise people out there who get it. We call them the Shark Saviors.
From their website: “WildAid focuses on addressing the human threat to wildlife. Their comprehensive approach includes public awareness campaigns and educational initiatives to reduce consumer demand for wildlife products, and working with communities to support and enforce key protected habitats around the world. WildAid has also defined a comprehensive marine enforcement model that focuses on the law enforcement chain, which encompasses the activities of detection, interception, prosecution, and the sentencing of lawbreakers. For more information, please visit: www.wildaid.org”
Lloyd Jones is a HSE (Part 4) Media Diver, underwater videographer and PADI Instructor based in Pembrokeshire – the UK’s only Coastal National Park. As one of only two AWARE Shark Conservation Instructors in West Wales and owner of Kraken Productions, Lloyd is spreading the word on the beauty, sharks and incredible diversity of his local coastline. Lloyd hopes to remove the “Man Eating” stereotype associated with sharks by educating divers on UK species and their importance within the marine ecosystem.
From her website: “While swimming with Great Whites is a thrilling and inspiring experience, my interaction with sharks is absolutely driven by my greater goal to advocate shark conservation. Many people fear sharks and have unfortunately only seen them portrayed on TV and in films as mindless man-eating machines. In truth, sharks are intelligent, calculated, and generally very cautious about approaching humans. More importantly, sharks play a vital role in maintaining a healthy ocean ecosystem and are being over-fished to the point of extinction.”
From her website: In life, we come across many different people during our journey. We are after all, different threads interwoven in the fabric of life. Yet sometimes, just sometimes…we have the good fortune of meeting someone extraordinary. Someone whose passion, dedication and beliefs set them apart, someone who strives tirelessly to educate and create awareness of creatures who cannot speak for themselves. Someone who has made a difference to the lives of a much maligned and misunderstood animal, the great white shark, and has dedicated her life to changing misconceptions and garnering respect for this beautiful apex predator…that someone is the Sharklady, Kim Maclean.
From abc4explore.com: Andy Brandy Casagrande IV is an emmy award winning cinematographer, field producer & television presenter specializing in blue-chip wildlife / natural history documentaries around the world. From king cobras and killer whales to great white sharks & polar bears, Andy’s innovative cinematography and unorthodox camera techniques are helping revolutionize the way the world sees and perceives wildlife. from super-slow-motion-high-speed & thermal-infrared to night-vision and remote-controlled spy-cams, Andy shoots with the most advanced camera technologies on the planet and continues to push the boundaries of wildlife filmmaking to shed new light & perspective into the hidden lives of the planet’s most feared & misunderstood predators. with more than 100 wildlife film credits to his name, Andy has shot and produced films for the world’s top television networks including national geographic, BBC, Discovery Channel, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and Animal Planet. Andy’s life-long mission is to inspire people to care about our planet & its vanishing wildlife.