Sunday, 3 January 2010

Let Sharks Live beyond 2009...and an upcoming BBC masterpiece

The Year of the Shark 2009 has draw to a close and the group's web presence is said to be heading in a new direction with them taking on a blog site which can be found here. Let's hope that it pays off and generates a lot of attention from people from around the world to the issue of shark fishing and finning. There have been some fantastic advances in shark conservation through 2009 at least from developed nations . The US implemented changes to it's shark fishing legislation and the EU clamped down on porbeagle and sprudog captures. There is to be a CITES gathering in March so let's hope that groups such as Let Sharks Live can bring about some pressure to see the proposed shark species reach appendix II.
And now for something completely different...well...not really it's about a shark. The greenland shark in fact. This post on the LA public relations blog (the who???!!!) tells of how a team of scientists working with greenland sharks have discovered part of the jawbone of a bolar bear in one shark's stomach. While the scientists ponder where it might have come from, the article mentions there is to be a BBC documentary aired in 2011 called "Frozen Planet".
I can't wait. the BBC's natural history unit has been turning out some incredible camera work lately. Some of the sequences in the recent Life series were some of the best natural history footage I have ever seen. Deeply atmospheric and compositionally perfect they set a superb backdrop for the voice of David Attenborough. The only let down was the script, I think I heard the line "these [insert adjective] are the most [insert verb] in the world" about 6 times per episode. Come on BBC, your cameramen and legendary narrator deserve better scriptwriters!!

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