Monday, July 18, 2011

Bahamas Shark Productions Globo TV

This spring Shark Diver and our film and television crew at Shark Divers was involved with the natural history unit of Globo tv based in Brazil.

With the largest domestic audience in all off Latin America our team was tasked with introducing Brazil to the wild world of the Tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier).

The shows host, Claudio, and his crew had been in the Bahamas filming the Blue Holes and cave diving adventures during the previous week. The Bahamas as a dive destination offers multilayer adventures for almost any level of diver, a fact that often gets lost with the focus on sharks and shark diving.

Their crew had run into technical difficulties on one of the islands and called us in the middle of our Gillette shoot asking for help. That help came by way of the Bahamas Film Commission - Donna Mackey.

Donna is perhaps one of the best film production government coordinators we have ever come across and once again with her offices help, the Brazilians made it to Grand Bahama with all their film gear and no hassles.

The shoot took three days. The idea was for close interactions without cages so the audience at home could come to understand a different side of the Tiger shark. With the expert guidance of Capt Rob MacDonald, who remains of the the top shark handlers in the region, the shoot went off without a hitch.

Well almost.

For those that dive Tiger Beach you may have noticed the "beggar sharks". Some folks have started hand feeding the animals. Frankly, we wish that hand feeding would stop because the legacy of those feeds resonates on for weeks later as animals approach new groups of divers seeking hand outs that are not forth coming.

Fortunately we quickly identified the "beggar sharks" and worked around these somewhat pushy critters for a few hours of shark bliss and some epic footage of the Tigers of Tiger Beach.

The show will air nationwide in Brazil this year with some nice conservation talking points from Scotty Grey and Shark Diver. Natural history productions are fun to work on, and with professional dive crews like the one from Globo tv these productions serve to educate and thrill audiences worldwide.

Patric Douglas CEO

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