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The China Post - - ARTS - BY DIM­ITRI BRUYAS

There are many mis­con­cep­tions re­gard­ing sharks, the ma­jor­ity of which in­still fear for these crea­tures and the lack of con­ser­va­tion thereof. BBC’s new three-part doc­u­men­tary se­ries, which took more than two years to com­plete, how­ever, aims to change our pre­con­cep­tions about sharks by show­ing the enor­mous di­ver­sity of sharks around the world.

“We felt it was time to show them as com­plete an­i­mals,” Steve Greenwood, the se­ries’ pro­ducer, told The China Post. “It’s not just pre­da­tion; it’s courtship, mat­ing and nav­i­ga­tion,” he said, adding that we still have a lot to learn about sharks.

Even when ask­ing ba­sic ques­tions such as how many there are, Greenwood re­marked that re­searchers of­ten won’t have a clue. “It re­ally is early days in terms of re­search.” For this rea- son, it is vi­tal to as­cer­tain which of these the­o­ries is in­cor­rect and thereby pro­tect this valu­able group of fish.

Rev­e­la­tory in both its con­tent and pho­tog­ra­phy, this stun­ning se­ries fea­tures over 30 species of sharks and rays — from the pre­vi­ously un­filmed Wobbe­gongs and Green­land sharks to clas­sic species such as great whites and ham­mer­heads.

“We filmed in dozens of lo­ca­tions around the globe, in­clud­ing un­der the po­lar ice, man­grove swamps, shipwrecks and coral reefs,” the pro­ducer went on. “It high­lights the adap­ta­tions that make these crea­tures such suc­cess­ful preda­tors.”

In one of the episodes, you will see hun­dreds of Black­tips work­ing to­gether to cor­ral bait-balls of fish, while the Wobbe­gong sharks have light­ning re­ac­tions to am­bush their prey. “There’s also the com­plete story of great white sharks hunt­ing for seals — filmed from un­der­wa­ter, in the air and in slow mo­tion,” he con­tin­ued.

With break­throughs in tech­nol­ogy, re­search and a new gen­er­a­tion of cam­era­men with pi­o­neer­ing new ap­proaches to un­der­wa­ter film­ing, the doc­u­men­tary, which is full of great spec­ta­cle and “wow” mo­ments, was shot with RED Epic, high­speed cam­eras and Cine­flex cam­eras mounted on he­li­copters and avail­able in Ul­tra High Def­i­ni­tion. ‘Shark’ — a new three-part BBC/ Dis­cov­ery co-pro­duc­tion se­ries, pre­mieres on Sun­day, Oct. 4 at 5

p.m. on BBC Earth

English with Chi­nese sub­ti­tles Ac­tion, Crime, Drama USA 125 min.

2014 In New York City in 1981 — the most dan­ger­ous year in the city’s history — an am­bi­tious im­mi­grant fights cor­rup­tion and ram­pant vi­o­lence to pro­tect his busi­ness and fam­ily. Di­rected by J.C. Chan­dor With Os­car Isaac, Jes­sica Chas­tain and David Oyelowo

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