Sharks Love’m or Hate’m?

We Need Them.
Killing all Sharks will be the biggest disaster to our ECO system and change our world drastically.

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Facts about sharks
* Sharks have been around for more than 400 million years
* There are 375 shark species
* Sharks are intelligent and can be trained
* 100 million sharks are killed each year for their fins
* The largest shark is the Whale shark, averaging 9 metres (30 ft) in length—
the size of a large bus.
* Whale sharks are not aggressive. They eat zoo plankton, small fish and squid.
* When a shark loses a tooth, a new one grows in its place
* Mako and Blue sharks are the fastest swimming sharks
* Sharks can take hours or even days to die after being finned
* Sharks are a critical part of marine ecosystems

Driven by passion fed from a lifelong fascination with sharks, Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas.

Filmed in visually stunning, high definition video, Sharkwater takes you into the most shark rich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world’s shark populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

In an effort to protect sharks, Stewart teams up with renegade conservationist Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Their unbelievable adventure together starts with a battle between the Sea Shepherd and shark poachers in Guatemala, resulting in pirate boat rammings, gunboat chases, mafia espionage, corrupt court systems and attempted murder charges, forcing them to flee for their lives.

Through it all, Stewart discovers these magnificent creatures have gone from predator to prey, and how despite surviving the earth’s history of mass extinctions, they could easily be wiped out within a few years due to human greed.

Stewart’s remarkable journey of courage and determination changes from a mission to save the world’s sharks, into a fight for his life, and that of humankind.

Ways to get involved:
1. Watch and tell your friends to see Sharkwater. Find out more at http://www.sharkwater.com.
2. Tell teachers and students to watch Sharkwater, then download the study guides at http://www.sharkwater.com for info and photos about shark conservation.
3. Don’t eat shark fin soup—refuse to eat at restaurants that serve it; encourage others to do the same.
4. Dive and snorkel with sharks. The more money that goes into shark tourism the more people will realize the value of keeping sharks alive.
5. Find out if your country is one of the 17 countries that have banned shark finning. If not, write your local government official asking them to ban shark finning.
6. Demand that your country stop the sale/importation of shark fins.
7. Click here if you would like to volunteer your product, service or talents at some future date.
8. Start a letter writing campaign to the Secretary General of the UN requesting international bans on shark finning and the importation of fins. Click here to send a letter.
9. Visit http://www.seashepherd.org and similar organizations such as http://www.oceana.org and http://www.wildaid.com, to take action to save sharks.
10. You can donate to help save sharks at http://www.sharkwater.com.

Thank you!

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