With many viewers boycotting the Discovery Channel as a result of the Megalodon mockumentary, I thought I would gather up some great web resources for those eager to learn more about how amazing sharks can be. These educational videos are intended to highlight the various types of sharks and their amazing characteristics without the unnecessary violence. As it turns out, sharks can be very docile. My list ends with the latest news and research on sharks. I hope you enjoy this alternative programming!
BBC’s amazing Planet Earth’s Whale Shark – with beautiful imagery and stunning cinematography.
These BBC Earth documentary videos use a roboshark to spy on Bull Sharks and Whale Sharks in order to study their intelligence.
PBS Shark Mountain documentary is about the Cocos Island off the cost of Costa Rica. You’ll learn how violent shark courtship can be. It’s best view on PBS, but I am embedding a Youtube video for preview.
Jonathan Bird’s Blue World series on YouTube has an amazing assortment of shark documentaries including Hammerhead Sharks, Blue Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Thresher Sharks, Sand Tiger Sharks, and even parasitic Shark Suckers.
This 2009 Great White Shark documentary from the BBC follows South African naturalist, Mike Rutzen, who is brave enough to swim with the predators.
For the latest in scientific news and research, I usually browse Science Daily, where I found these great stories about shark research:
- Sharks Stun Sardine Prey with Tail-Slaps: Thresher sharks hunt schooling sardines in the waters off a small coral island in the Philippines by rapidly slapping their tails hard enough to stun or kill several of the smaller fish at once.
- Great White Sharks Have Surprisingly Varying Diets: Many white sharks shift from fish to marine mammals as they mature, but individual sharks show surprising variability in dietary preferences.
- Sharks Worth More in the Ocean than on the Menu: A new study, published today in Oryx — The International Journal of Conservation, shows that shark ecotourism currently generates more than US$314 million annually worldwide and is expected to more than double to US$780 million in the next 20 years
- Scientists Confirm Two-Headed Bull Shark: Scientists have confirmed the discovery of the first-ever, two-headed bull shark.The study, led by Michigan State University and appearing in the Journal of Fish Biology, confirmed the specimen, found in the Gulf of Mexico April 7, 2011, was a single shark with two heads, rather than conjoined twins.
Have some favorite educational, non-violent shark documentaries? Share them in the comments below!