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Sharkwater: An Odyssey to Save the Planet [Hardcover]

Robert Stewart , Rob Stewart
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Book Description

Oct. 1 2007

For filmmaker Rob Stewart, exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth.

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.

This visually stunning companion volume to the film of the same name provides a portrait of sharks and the underwater ecosystem in which they live, taking you into the most shark-rich waters of the world. More than 200 photographs revel in the beauty of this remarkable animal and expose the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world’s shark populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica, and the Gal?pagos Islands, Ecuador.

The filmmaker tells the story of his effort to protect sharks, teaming up with renegade conservationist Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Their unbelievable adventure together starts with a battle between 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.

Praise for Sharkwater:

“This might get people to sit up and take notice.” -- Matt Lauer, The Today Show

“It’s incredible!...incredible?” -- Harvey Levin, Larry King Live

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"It's incredible!..incredible. . ." -- Harvey Levin, Larry King Live

"This might get people to sit up and take notice." -- Matt Lauer, The Today Show

About the Author

ROBERT STEWART, born in Toronto, Canada, is an award-winning wildlife photographer and the director of Sharkwater. Stewart began photographing underwater when he was 13. He became a certified scuba instructor trainer at age 18, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Western Ontario. He has also studied marine biology and zoology at universities in Kenya and Jamaica. Stewart spent four years travelling the world as the chief photographer for the Canadian Wildlife Federation magazines, and has logged thousands of hours underwater, using the latest in rebreather and camera technologies. His work underwater and on land has appeared in nearly every media form worldwide: from BBC Wildlife, Asian Diver, Outpost and GEO magazines to the Discovery Channel, ABC, BBC, night clubs and feature films. In one of several trips to the Galápagos Islands, after encountering shark “long-lining,” an indiscriminate and wasteful practice, Stewart decided to make a movie. Seeking support from private investors, he rented high-end HD video cameras and embarked on a five-year, fifteen-country odyssey to make Sharkwater.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Say NO to Shark fin soup ! Sept. 4 2008
This is one thing you will certainly come away with after watching the film.

As a scuba diver, sharks are what you want to see, especially the whale shark, but they are generally so shy they will certainly keep their distance.

The film sees Rob Stewart explore the 'Darwin's theory of evolution' Galapagos islands and Costa Rica. Rob is a professional underwater photographer and videographer so the images he captures while gliding through the depths are stunning. That is until they turn to the finning operations, the corruption and images of sharks caught in a long lines where you can but ponder 'what is humanity doing'.

This film really gives you a wake up call to the importance of the oceans and the sharks place at top of the food chain to keep everything balanced.

The books emphasis goes more on the role of the Sea Shepherd, the ocean's eco systems and gives you a chance to look again at the gracefulness of the shark.

A must watch/read.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! Oct. 24 2007
By Robert Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
By far the most striking and startling ocean photo book ever made. I really think you should buy it;) The more people we make aware of the plight of the oceans, the more likely we can turn the situation around as we've done for the whales.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unreal Adventure ! A MUST read! Feb. 8 2008
By CrazyCarl - Published on Amazon.com
This is a fantastic story and pictoral documentation of a amazing journey. The revelations about sharks and an industry of profound disregard for their well being, are profound. I could not put this book down. A shark, nature, or ecology minded readers must have book!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing and Shocking- a must buy! Nov. 26 2007
By Eric Watson - Published on Amazon.com
This book contains beautiful and shocking images about sharks and our oceans. While beautiful, they are at risk. This book details the tragic shark finning and one persons journey to expose just how barbaric it is. Our oceans are a vital part of our ecosystem and need to be respected. This book is something that everyone should see just to get an idea of what are oceans are all about, as well as what threatens the species that inhabit them. Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world; because that is all that ever has!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharkwater well worth it Nov. 10 2007
By J. Gross - Published on Amazon.com
This book contains some of the most beautiful and stunning photgraphs of some of the oceans most important creatures. It is clear that a lot of hard work and care went into capturing the mystery and allure of sharks while bringing attention to a great cause.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great job! April 24 2014
By chester dos Santos - Published on Amazon.com
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For divers, environmentalists, sea lovers, nature lovers, photographers and people that live in this planet.
Beautiful, sad and motivational.
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