Not just a
huge collection of
Elasmodiver.com contains images of sharks, skates, rays, and a few
chimaera's from around the world. Elasmodiver began as a simple web
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.
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
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
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 shark con trailer that caused so much fuss:
is the Shark Con Spoof:
is a second trailer that is less controvertial:
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.
shark con consists of a series of interviews in which prominent figures
from each faction have a chance to voice their opinions.
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.
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.
it be good or bad for sharks?
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.
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.
it before you condemn it and then decide for yourself.