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Community News Shark Week Movie

Discovery’s Shark Week at the Movies

Everyone’s favorite week of television, “Shark Week,” makes waves in movie theaters nationwide for a one-night event this summer. The exclusive event features one of the best episodes from “Shark Week 2016,” along with a special episode of “Shark Week 2017” ahead of its television debut on Discovery Channel.

Environmental News Friends for Sharks

Top Shark Charities

With a growing media focus on the plight of our oceans, it is easier than ever to learn about marine conservation issues and get involved. There are many dedicated organizations out there, from worldwide charities to smaller, community-based initiatives. No matter what your preference or ability, there is a way to pitch in and help. Here are our picks for five top shark charities that working to preserve our oceans.

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Sharktruth Part 3: Man’s REAL Best Friend and Five Ways You Can Be Theirs

They are my favourite thing to see in the water. If you’re coming from Part 2: Interview with a Shark Attack Survivor, you might ask why sharks are my favourite given the damage one inflicted to my friend Diego. My answer is because sharks are not the monsters people think they are. Check out Part 1: Dive With Sharks…It’s the Safest Thing You’ll Do All Day, where you’ll see that man’s other best friend, dogs, are more likely to kill you than sharks.

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Interview with Paul von Blerk, Project Specialist, Kwazulu-Natal Sharks Board

Paul von Blerk specializes in electronic shark repellents with the Kwazulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence. He’s worked with the Shark’s Board for 34 years, and for the last couple of decades, he’s dedicated his life to creating and testing an alternative, eco-friendly system that keeps both bathers and sharks safe. Throughout April, Oceans Research assisted Paul in testing an electronic device on our Mossel Bay white sharks, with incredible results.

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Interview with Dr Ryan Kempster, University of Western Australia

Dr Ryan Kempster is a shark biologist and founder of the non-profit organisation Support Our Sharks (SOS). He obtained his B.Sc. (2005) and M.Sc. (2007) in marine biology in the UK, and went on to complete a Ph.D. at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in the sensory biology of sharks. Dr Kempster recently spent a month with Oceans Research working on his shark deterrent project.

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Five Facts about Great White Sharks in Canada

Earlier this summer a great white shark sighting was reported off the Atlantic coast of Canada. Although these sightings are rare, white sharks do visit Canadian waters, in fact their range extends from sub-arctic to tropical waters. To help boost your shark smarts, we’re counting down five facts about white sharks.

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The Gentle Giant – Ungentled

They travel the seas in search of feeding grounds, adding more than 25km under their belt every single day. Whalesharks are filtering the water for small nutritional organisms (plankton, krill, jellyfish, small fish, squid, etc.). In order to survive, a juvenile needs to process at least 21kg (46 pounds) of food on a daily basis. They have been called many names: Lord Fish (Cá Ông) in Vietnam, Butanding and Balilan in the Philippines, they even made it to the back of the 100 peso bill. But I prefer “Gentle Giants” for their calm nature and slowly moving huge bodies. Time is passing with a different speed for them. Their hippy nature backed by a school bus size of a body makes the perfect tool to show us the peace that is the main rule in the underwater world.

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Shark Diving for Novices

There are many types of dive at the top of peoples’ bucket lists and diving with sharks is surely one of them. There is something incredibly life-affirming about spending time in the water with these apex predators and many divers long to experience shark diving at least once in their lifetime.