Miami, FL – Sharks of the World is a film years – and many miles traveled – in the making and will be broadcast on Wednesday, October 29, 8:00 pm on WPBT2. The documentary is the most varied compilation of Guy Harvey’s travels and research produced so far. It takes us to six different locations, from our backyard in Florida to the South Pacific, for up-close footage of sharks in a way most people have never seen them. The format, Guy Harvey’s favorite sharks, gives a glimpse of the way one of the world’s foremost marine artists, scientists, fishermen and conservationists sees these majestic apex predators.
Sharks of the World is a visually amazing combination of video, science and conservation. It shares with viewers leading edge research based on data collected by satellite tags, the GPS-like monitors attached to a shark’s dorsal fins. Over time, these transmitters have allowed us to “travel” with the sharks, learning where they go and when. As a result, we now have a valuable collection of shark tracks which have revolutionized our knowledge of sharks, and our ability to conserve their populations.
Viewers will learn about the largest shark – the whale shark – and one of the fastest sharks, the mako. They’ll also see the most feared shark – the great white, and will find out which shark is considered as the “most dangerous” shark. They’ll see how these remarkable marine animals travel our oceans like underwater highways.
The common denominator: Sharks are worth a lot more to eco-tourism economies than to a restaurant serving shark fin soup. Sharks of the World leads viewers to a deeper appreciation for sharks and their critical role in our oceans – and reveals which shark is number one on Guy’s list.
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About Guy Harvey
Guy Harvey is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist and explorer, fiercely devoted to his family and his love of the sea. His childhood passion for the ocean and its living creatures not only inspired him to draw, but fueled a burning interest that prompted a formal education in marine science. Having graduated with honors in Marine Biology from Aberdeen University in Scotland in 1977, Guy returned home to Jamaica to resume his education, earning his Ph.D. from the University of the West Indies in 1984. Though he gave up a budding career as a marine biologist for that of a highly acclaimed artist, Guy has continued his relentless pursuit to unravel the mysteries of the sea, traveling the world to better understand the habits and habitats of the marine wildlife he paints.
Guy became an ardent conservationist, supporting “catch-and- release” fishing ethics, collaborating with Nova Southeastern University in Dania Beach, FL, to form the Guy Harvey Research Institute, and working with many organizations to help manage and protect fishery resources around the world. Guy is an avid scuba diver and over the years has become a skilled underwater photographer and cinematographer, even pioneering the techniques used to photograph and film free swimming billfish. From Central and South America to Mexico’s Magdalena Bay, to such far-reaching locales as the Portuguese island of Madeira and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Guy’s personal observations from his diving expeditions have helped him capture, with his brush, the kind of detail his paintings are famous for.
Guy’s talent as a cinematographer has allowed him to share his observations through the production of educational documentaries — plus his hit television series “Guy Harvey’s Portraits From The Deep.