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Island of the Great White Shark

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4.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Island of the Great White Shark brings out the dramatic behavior of great white sharks themselves and the sheer thrill of the divers viewing the King of the Seas, up close and personal. Perhaps more importantly, the film features shark research and conservation at work, and bravely faces the tremendous teeth of threats facing sharks worldwide. Excellent graphics throughout the film help highlight the usefulness of tagging to understand the habits of the sharks, threats to their survival as a species, and occasional subtitling underscores the points for those of us too intrigued by the animals to be paying attention to the fact that it is sharks that are threatened, and we are the top predator of the ocean.<BR> Featuring notable shark scientist- UC Davis Professor Peter Klimley PhD, and young Mexican biologist Mauricio Hoyo Padilla, we see shark science at work. The scientists explore the mysterious world of these animals from movements to dinner habits, and the graphics help translate the arcane into the exalted, and at times the dismal future sharks face. Admirably, the filmmaker does not shy away from taking on the greatest threat to pelagic shark populations worldwide, the rising popularity of shark fin soup, creating a demand for shark fins, and supporting the practice of shark finning; the killing of sharks for just their fins. Kudos to the filmmaker for not soft peddling this very serious issue that not only affects sharks, but the entire oceanic ecosystem of which they play an integral role. Sharks desperately need more films in this light.<BR> Educational yes, but excitement and information pepper this independently produced film and if it weren't for the subtle melodies scoring the film, one might subconsciously hear that familiar tum tum, tum tum we associate with circling sharks. Those of us intrigued by the Man in the White Suit with the cold black eyes and perpetual grin will not be disappointed by a lack of teeth and predatory attack. Tight shots, in focus details and ghostly long shots abound, and the haunting music accompanying the encounters paint a primal scene of intrigue and unearthly beauty.<BR> Films like this help us understand sharks, and with hope, reverse the perceptions of fear or hate, and help demystify the monster. Listed as threatened with extinction, lets hope we will learn to love the Great Whites Sharks before it is too late. The Island of the Great White Shark is a fin in the right direction. --David McGuire, WetPixel.com, Feb. 24, 2008

Island of the Great White Shark is interesting, engaging, and exciting as it tells a coherent story of the efforts to preserve great white sharks worldwide, with an emphasis on populations migrating to Isla Guadalupe, Mexico. Very highly recommended for general public library collections and those supporting high school and college curricula in ecology and conservation. --Cliff Glaviano, LibraryJournal.com, Dec. 15, 2009

About the Director

Filmmaker Richard Theiss spent three years filming and editing footage at Isla Guadalupe to capture the true nature of these amazing animals. Theiss has filmed and/or written for National Geographic, Aquarium of the Pacific, InMER.org, HDVideoPro, and national dive publications. His company, RTSea Productions, is dedicated to capturing nature and underwater images that will impress and move viewers to preserve and protect our precious resources - above and below the waves.


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Product details

  • Actors: world reknown shark experts
  • Directors: Richard Theiss
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: RTSea Productions
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2008
  • Run Time: 43 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 0615195555
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,447 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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