Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Frederic Buyle-Well and Recovering

Got a quick email this morning from Frederic Buyle who we heard had had an accident while filming his stunning documentary Ocean Quest. Rumors of Freds demise have been greatly exaggerated-we wish him and his project a speedy recovery:

Hi Guys,

I'm back earlier in Europe than expected, I had an accident in Polynesia, a boat hit me during the shooting. All well now, I'm resting at home and I'll be back in the ocean by end of January.

Check this link as well, the new video with footage from Polynesia is online, we had some good times with a humpback calf and an oceanic white tip a few days later, enjoy!


Editors Note: We see a lot of underwater film projects each year and none are as captivating and visually stunning as this one. If you have not already clicked the link do so now go to full screen and enjoy.

Shark Swarm-Daryl Hannah-Politics of Whales

Hunting in Packs...Killing Without Mercy.

That's the headline of Shark Swarm perhaps one of, if not the worst 3 hour anti shark film, ever to grace the silver screen...actually this film was so bad it went straight to television by passing the silver screen and silver tongued film critics along the way.

Shark Swarm with it's 40+ shredded body count, stars Daryl Hannah. Ms Hannah who claims to be an eco activist is currently on board the Steve Irwin with Sea Shepherd adding some eco credibility to her resume "saving whales".

Strangely, and we're sure this has nothing to do with her current involvement with Sea Shepherd, a film crew from Animal Planet will also be on board Wagging the Conservation Dog for the second year in a row.

Disclaimer: We think whaling should end and are no fans of Japans hunt-unfortunately Sea Shepherd is a bad actor whose overall damage to the global eco movement and flow of much needed funds to legitimate eco orgs has caused lasting and serious harm.

As we have been blogging Sea Shepherd has lost it's way in terms of eco messaging and being effective. In fact if recent events are concluded in Canada one might argue they have even lost their way financially.

The Romans had a saying for both Sea Shepherd's antics and Ms Hanna's latest foray into the eco movement "Ad Captandum Vulgus". We think she could have made a better statement by passing on the Shark Swarm project and highlighting the global slaughter of sharks instead. At least her credibility as an "eco activist" would still be intact.