Sun, sea and sharks!
In the build-up to the annual Wavescape Surf Film Festival’s Clifton 4th Beach Screening, the Save Our Seas Foundation and a team of enthusiastic, shark-loving volunteers took to the popular Cape Town beach for their #goodsharkkarma campaign.
We showed the beach-goers the fun side of sharks and helped sharks shake their bad ‘rep’.
Save Our Seas Foundation has supported the Wavescape film festival since 2008. The main Wavescape event is an open air viewing of surf films at Clifton 4th beach. On 7 December 2013, we had thousands of ocean minded individuals in one place, ready to engage with some positive conversation about sharks.
Interactions between sharks and people always come down to the odds. You may only have a 1 in 32 million chance of being killed by a shark, but the primal fear of being eaten by a large predatory animal is not something that can be rationalised away with numbers. Whether you are a believer or not, every ocean user needs some #goodsharkkarma. With with 100 million sharks killed every year, they need it even more. That’s why, this summer Save Our Seas Foundation has been spreading some #goodsharkkarma.
Along South Africa’s coastline, the perception of sharks is mostly around great whites and shark attacks. Most people are unaware that there are over 500 species, most of which are completely harmless to us.
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As part of the Wavescapes Surf Art Exhibition held in December 2009, a local surfer shaped a life-size surfboard entirely from ice. Conn Bertish created the ice board as a visual poem underlining the global warming crisis in a powerful way.
“As surfers we are literally on the frontline of global warming and the effect it is having on the ocean environment. I believe every surfer has a role to play in this most pressing issue,” says Bertish. “The board of ice is a simple metaphor for what is a happening right now to all the world’s glaciers and ice caps. As this board melts so do our glaciers and million year old ice caps. So we each need to take stock of how our actions are affecting the increase in Global Warming. The board is a simple graphic reminder of this.”
The ice-board was sculpted over two days by Bertish with Ice Art in an ice-preparation / sculpting fridge in Cape Town, before being transported in two pieces to Depasco Café where it was displayed to the public as part of the Wavescapes Surf Art Exhibition which raised $23,000 for ocean conservation.
Sharks are being killed at alarming rates around the world mostly to supply the demands for shark fin soup in the East. This situation needs to change quickly if we want to have any chance of saving our sharks before they’re gone forever.
Think sharks are scary? Well, a world without sharks is far scarier.
We got some our shark scientists together to tell us how they feel about sharks.
Turtle: The Incredible Journey is the true story of a little loggerhead turtle, as she follows in the path of her ancestors on one of the most extraordinary voyages in the natural world. Coming to Cinemas worldwide this year.