Archive for August 2006

Shark Divers TV Series Trailers   Leave a comment

The second trailer for the Shark Divers TV Show has just been loaded onto the web. It isn’t what your average documentary watcher is expecting to see and hopefully that’s a good thing. The last thing that the 21st century viewing public needs is another slow paced shark documentary showing the exact schematics of a shark’s biting mechanism, or a show about how important it is to tag white sharks in the hope that we’ll find out where they’re going, what route they are taking, and their internal temperature while they swim there (yawn).

Don’t get me wrong, I believe that this information is valuable. In fact I believe that it is critical if we want to save the increasing number of shark species that are being exploited. If we enter the arena armed with irrefutable information and statistics in support of conservation measures then we stand a much better chance of persuading governments to ban or limit shark fishing.

The problem is that scientific stats only appeal to a small group of TV watchers. What if we could get a much bigger chunk of TV viewers to watch a shark show and what if the characters on the show were funny enough to entertain people and crazy enough to make people want to tune in next week. Shark Divers hopes to do just that and at the same time sneak in a critical conservation message in a way that doesn’t make people’s eyes glaze over. Its a unique formula that wont appeal to everyone but hopefully it will be a refreshing change of pace for lots of jaded viewers and if they start to relate to the characters on the show then inevitably some of them will begin to voice the same opinions and little by little the chorus of voices chanting ‘save the sharks’ will grow louder.

I take pictures of sharks. Some of the species in my shark pictures are rare or at least rarely photographed but from experience that doesn’t turn people on. They want in your face action and the shark pictures that generate the most interest depict divers interacting with the sharks. Relating that to the Shark Divers TV Series I think a lot of people are going to eat this show up.

So check out the trailers at this link: Shark Divers Trailer and if you have any comments let me know – after all, getting people talking about sharks is what its all about.

 

For the sharks,

Andy Murch

 

Andy Murch is the host of Elasmodiver.com a Shark Picture and Shark Information Database and Staff Photographer at Shark Diver Magazine

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Posted August 17, 2006 by Andy Murch in Environment, Movie, Movie Journal, movies, Nature, Sharks, TV Shows

Shark Season   Leave a comment

For most of the year I have to travel a long way from home to photograph sharks but for a brief spell during the summer my local Vancouver Island waters fill with sharks large and small. Having just returned from filming 100+ Whale Sharks near Holbox Island, Mexico I am in no great hurry to dust off my drysuit and plunge into the uncomfortably cool waters of the Pacific North West but July has ended which means that Sixgill Shark Season is approaching fast. The first Sixgill has already been spotted by a commercial diver in 170ft of water so I know they’re out there and that’s all the incentive I need.

Sixgill Sharks are large elusive animals that spend most of their time down at unreachable depths. During the northern summer for reasons that are probably related to the pursuit of food they choose to enter the relatively shallow bays of Vancouver and Puget Sound where they occasionally bump into scuba divers. Trying to find and photograph these sharks is no easy task but like most successful underwater photography it comes down to preparedness and time spent in the water.

It took me an entire summer of floating around in deep water to get some images of my first Bluntnose Sixgill Shark. The next place I went searching for them I found one on the first dive but that was the only time they were seen there all summer. Fortunately, while the Sixgill Sharks are deciding whether to make an appearance I can get my shark fix by photographing Spiny Dogfish Sharks which migrate north in large numbers and make much more dependable subjects.

In late August the dogfish will be moving south and my search will take on a new twist. At the end of the summer divers start to see occasional Big Skates feeding on crabs and mollusks off the beaches around Vancouver Island. Doing long solo search patterns in the mud far from shore is a bit unnerving at times but for the chance of getting some decent Big Skate pictures it’s worth the time and the spooky drift diving in featureless terrain.

The pursuit of skates should keep me busy until mid September which is when I have to be in California to attend a Great White Shark trip with Shark Diver magazine so life could be way worse.

The Sixgills are out there somewhere and with my rebreather I have a very good chance of finding one so I’m heading out right now to take a look.

For the sharks,

Andy Murch.

Shark Diver magazine Photographer and host of Elasmodiver.com -The internets most comprehensive resource for Shark and Ray Pictures and information

Posted August 5, 2006 by Andy Murch in Environment, Nature, Photography, Sharks