Happy 'Sharkoween'!

Scary movies come in many shapes and sizes, some of the most famous are shark-shaped. Last night we proved that not all shark films have to be horrors with a special screening of Shark Girl.

We joined forces with Shark Stewards - our local shark experts - for an evening of film, and conversation that brought a new perspective to these large-jawed ocean creatures.

Shark Girl left us all amazed by the awe-inspiring feats of young activist Madison Stewart as she campaigns to save the sharks she grew up with on the Great Barrier Reef. The graceful way she swims with the sharks, filming all the time, is in sharp contrast to the Hollywood shark thrillers we're used to seeing on the big screen.

soup.jpgThe films message is clear: we don't need to kill sharks because of fear and we certainly don't need to kill them for cheap fish steaks and luxury shark fin soup.

Approximately, 100 million sharks are killed each year by human activity. We need to protect them for the health of the whole ocean ecosystem. 

We had an art installation from Shoshanna Armstrong at the reception designed to represent the widespread shark finning and it's impact on our waters. People pledged to protect the ocean in exchange for a piece of the artwork - a gory shark fin reminder to take home. It is Halloween after all!

IMG_1015.JPGLocal expert David McGuire, Shark Stewards, was on hand to answer our questions after the screening. Reminding us there is still much to be done to protect sharks - in the Bay area and around the world. 

You can find out more about shark protection and how you can take action from Shark Stewards.

There are also more ocean films in our archive of past Festival films - take a look at Take Action: Nature & Biodiversity.