On The Ninth Dive of Christmas, My Buddy Gave to Me...
As you may already have noticed, we love our sharks. But they are under threat, especially those species that are deemed to be dangerous to humans.
Every now and then, there are shark attacks which result in fatalities, and although this loss of life is tragic, they are very, very rare, averaging about seven a year. This is in stark contrast to the estimated 100 million sharks which are killed every year through illegal fishing to support the trade in shark fins, accidental by-catch by legitimate operations, or deliberately hunted and slaughtered in the wake of an 'attack' on a human being.
Among the species of sharks classed as 'dangerous' are tiger sharks, which often prey on turtles and rays – and which became victims of a massive shark cull in Australia in 2014 in which every shark over 3m in length was targeted for slaughter.
To protest the cull, which has since been repeated, renowned photographer and videographer Shawn Heinrichs teamed up with performance artist Hannah Fraser to protest at a massive shark cull in Australia after a swimmer was attacked. They produced the amazing Tigress Shark, a short film in which Hannah dances amongst, and interacts with, a group of tiger sharks.
It's a powerful message to 'end the war on sharks', and a most beautiful movie to watch.
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