Underwater Updates - Cape Town

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Underwater Updates - Cape Town from Josh Stewart on Vimeo.

It's important for those of us who have had the privilege of diving with these graceful animals to remember that sharks are not mindless killers, but some of nature's most beautiful creatures.

Sharks come in all shapes and sizes, from catsharks that could fit in the palm of your hand, to the most famous of sharks, the great white. They fill almost every niche, from bottom dweller to pelagic predator, and can be found in marine ecosystems all over the world—in many cases serving as keystone species that keep these ecosystems healthy and functional. In fact, there are only a handful of species that present any threat to humans, and every year the number of fatalities worldwide from shark attacks are in the single digits. Compare that to the thousands of fatalities from traffic accidents each year in the United States alone and you start to see how undeserved sharks' bad reputation is. On the flip side, tens of millions of sharks are being killed every year, most just for their fins.

So, when your friends tell you how dangerous sharks are and how crazy you must be for going diving with them, give them the real facts about who's in danger: humans or sharks?

About the Videographer
Josh Stewart was the 2010 North America Our World-Underwater Scholar. The Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society offers the opportunity for divers to immerse themselves in the industry and marine science with experience-based scholarships and internships. Each year, the society awards a scholar from North America, Europe and Australasia to spend the year traveling the world working with renowned experts and engaging in scientific expeditions, underwater research, advanced skills training, field studies, equipment testing and design, among other unique programs. Josh spent the year working with scientists and videographers, filming the underwater world through the conservation lens. He uses his environmental films as a communication tool to show both divers and non-divers alike the beauty and challenges faced by the underwater world.

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