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Not just a huge collection of Shark Pictures: Elasmodiver.com contains images of sharks, skates, rays, and a few chimaera's from around the world. Elasmodiver began as a simple web based shark field guide to help divers find the best places to encounter the different species of sharks and rays that live in shallow water but it has slowly evolved into a much larger project containing information on all aspects of shark diving and shark photography.

There are now more than 10,000 shark pictures  and sections on shark evolution, biology, and conservation. There is a large library of reviewed shark books, a constantly updated shark taxonomy page, a monster list of shark links, and deeper in the site there are numerous articles and stories about shark encounters. Elasmodiver is now so difficult to check for updates, that new information and pictures are listed on an Elasmodiver Updates Page that can be accessed here:

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MOVIE REVIEW OF THE SHARK CON

 

 

The Shark Con is a controversial new documentary from Film Maker Rusty Armstrong and Shark Diver Magazine Editor Eli Martinez. The film focuses on the vastly differing opinions of shark fishermen, shark researchers and shark conservation groups.

After the release of an intentionally provocative first trailer, the film came under immediate attack from conservationists and a number of shark dive operators. Eli, who was already a controversial figure because of his practice of hand feeding large tiger sharks, was slammed as an enemy of sharks. The criticism rose to the point where a FaceBook hate group was temporarily created and someone made a farcical version of the trailer.

 

This is the shark con trailer that caused so much fuss:

 

Here is the Shark Con Spoof:

 

This is a second trailer that is less controvertial:

Background

In 2006 Rusty was hired to film Summer of the Sharks a light hearted look at the world of two shark divers as they traveled around North America filming sharks. After participating in many conversations with avid shark divers, conservationists, researchers and fishermen, Rusty noticed that each group had their own view about the state of shark populations.

 

Synopsis

The shark con consists of a series of interviews in which prominent figures from each faction have a chance to voice their opinions.

 

Characters

The fishermen are collectively represented by a colorful character named Captain Bill who is obviously unhinged. He repeatedly refers to his own 'research' in which he has ascertained that sharks are not endangered at all. He then launches into a series of bloodthirsty tales about dispatching sharks.

 

One interviewee points out that conservationist's rely on the plight of sharks to get funding. While this is not in itself a misappropriation of funds because most conservation groups perform vital work to protect sharks, it inadvertently raises the question of whether shark conservation groups are self serving.

 

Will it be good or bad for sharks?

The Shark Con is interesting but confusing. The fishermen lead by Captain Bill quickly dig their own graves but the movie raises doubt regarding the number of sharks being killed each year without clearly spelling out that regardless of the number killed, sharks are in big trouble.

 

That's just my opinion after seeing the rough cut so the final movie may be a little different. I have a short interview about shark photography during the documentary and I'm good friends with Eli so its impossible for me to be completely objective but I believe that The Shark Con is not damaging in itself and is more or less pro-shark.

However, the spin that comes across in the trailer may ultimately be more detrimental to the cause of shark conservation than the actual film.

 

The bottom line

Watch it before you condemn it and then decide for yourself.

3 elasmos = an instant classic

2 elasmos = worth a watch

1 elasmo  = only for shark movie junkies

0 elasmos = one for the chum bucket

 

 

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