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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.
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