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Animal Conservation Series

Topical documentaries produced to help enlighten viewers about our planet's endangered animals and conservation efforts to aid in their continued existence. A portion of all net proceeds is donated to assist non-profit organizations. Series: 16 programs (30 to 60 minutes). Click for more

White Sharks: On the Edge (of Extinction?) (cc)

White Sharks: On the Edge (of Extinction?) (cc)

"Recommended. It may come as a surprise to many viewers that the Great White Shark is considered by some to be a threatened species. This program focuses on the eco-tourism program operated by the Australian Shark Conservation Foundation. Nicely woven clips of CSIRO biologists, other experts, and footage of the eco-tourism clients are used to describe the biology and ecology of this feared predator. It becomes clear that Great White Shark populations are under decline due to both trophy fishing and by-catch. The film footage, both above and below water, is dramatic and includes scenes of sharks attacking bait and the tagging of sharks for research purposes. Viewers will learn about the ecological role of top predators like the white shark, and why they are important for ecosystem stability. We also learn that Great White Shark populations from around the world are genetically quite similar and this offers hope that populations can be replenished if they receive the necessary protection." -EMRO Review
"'Shark' - Scientists say the terrifying predator is itself in grave danger." -Smithsonian Magazine
The white shark - more than any other living creature it injects fear into the human mind. The terrifying thought of dying in the jaws of "the perfect killing machine" has long been exploited by feature films, tabloid headlines and nature documentaries. Despite their notorious fame, we actually know very little about the white shark's existence, and in recent years there has been mounting concern these creatures are heading towards extinction. In this documentary we join researchers who have the extremely difficult task of trying to predict and protect the future of "great whites" - they are large, dangerous predators, there aren't many of them, and they tend to congregate in the wildest and remotest waters; also governments rarely allocate money to study them. We travel to the Gulf of South Australia where one enterprising scientist, Ian Gordon, has set up an eco-tourism venture that allows him the opportunity to scientifically study the creatures. Produced by ABC International, Inc. 07/11DE Closed-Captioned JSCA 30 min.
Also See: The Sea Within: Sharks - Deep Hunters; Web 2: Shark, Wolf, Gorilla, Frog





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