Mahalo nui loa to @ellasavestheocean
for speaking up for sharks! This week is the anniversary of the release of the Jaws movie. Jaws changed the public perception of sharks forever, but not for the better. When viewers watch Jaws, they become conditioned to associate the image of sharks with fear, fatality, and the belief that sharks must be killed to end the threat, because this is how the shark in Jaws is viewed (Cantor, 2004).The author of the book the movie is based on, Peter Benchley, has state that “if he had the book and movie to do over again, he wouldn’t” (“Author Benchley Talks”). Benchley says he now recognizes that it is absolutely not acceptable "morally and ethically and every other way” to demonize a beautiful animal as a conscious villain (“Author Benchley Talks”). This is especially important to recognize, since research found that populations of eight (mostly pelagic) shark species populations have declined more than 50% from 1986 to 2000 (Baum et al., 2000). Don’t buy in to the fear, even the man who created it doesn’t. Post by @mads_big_adventure
"How we see sharks is influenced by movies and tv. Sadly it isn't in the sharks favour. Sharks have a important role in keeping our oceans healthy. Educating people about the vital role sharks play is the only way to change opinions, squash fears, and save sharks! If you want to see what sharks are really like watch the amazing @teamsharkwater
Rob Stewart's documentary SHARKWATER, or look up @oceanramsey
and oneoceandiving.com, or watch @sharkgirlmadison
in her documentary SHARK GIRL. These amazing shark heros will give you the real side of sharks. 💙🦈"
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and our #Education
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and our Non-Profit @WaterInspired
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