Monday, August 18, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
Also tonight, Sylvia Earle's new film about Hope Spots, Mission Blue, is going to premier on Netflix. We encourage you to join us in skipping Megalodon and instead, please turn to Netflix and watch Sylvia's movie about her lifetime of science and conservation. We'll start livetweeting at 9 PM EST (that's 6 PM for all of you living in California and past your bedtime for everyone living in Europe).
Here's more information about the movie from Mission Blue:
We’re tremendously excited to announce that the Mission Blue Film is going live on Netflix today! While Dr. Earle has been spreading her message of hope for years, we believe that in the coming days this message — our Mission Blue — is going to leap to the next level of awareness in the global public consciousness.
With the documentary, directed by Robert Nixon and Fisher Stevens available in 40+ countries, we anticipate that Dr. Earle’s simple message of ocean conservation, of respect for our planet and what sustains us, will reverberate through the homes and hearts of Netflix’s global audience. We hope that a public awakening to the dire state of our ocean — and what we can do to save it — will propel personal decisions and public policy that favors the future of our ocean and ourselves.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, “It’s her natural charisma and infectious enthusiasm that are most compelling on screen. As the foremost American women oceanographer, she became a standard-bearer among female field-research scientists, while also marrying and raising a family, long before the term “supermom” ever entered the lexicon.”
The Mission Blue Film offers a 360-view not only of what’s happened to our oceans over the last half decade, but also of Dr. Sylvia Earle's quest to raise awareness in the global public about ocean decline. As we all know, it’s not Dr. Earle’s style to leave her supporters despondent and hopeless about the future of the ocean. Indeed, the film reaffirms the straightforward approach of creating a global network of marine protected areas — Hopespots! — large enough to save the ocean, Earth’s blue heart.
So get to a television or computer today and watch the Mission Blue Film! Afterwards, make sure to engage us on social media using the hashtags #missionblue and #hopespots or on our website and let us know what you think.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
|Palau is "The World's First Shark Sanctuary"|
|There are three shark sanctuaries in the Caribbean.|
|The Maldives became the worlds second shark sanctuary in 2010.|
#FakeSharkWeekFacts has really taken off on Twitter. Topsy says that there have been more than 1000 #FakeSharkWeekFacts tweets in the last week. The most influential tweet comes from a planetary astronomer at UC Berkeley (wow!).
But that tweet is so last year (even if it holds the all time most influential crown). This year's most influential tweet (so far) comes from George T. Probst of The Dorsal Fin:
Sharks believe humans have medicinal properties, and often only bite off specific parts for use in traditional remedies. #FakeSharkWeekFacts— Alex Parker (@Alex_Parker) August 6, 2013
The Blogosphere is picking up on #FakeSharkWeekFacts, too. Here are some stories I've found, please add more in the comments section if you find them:
Tiger sharks don't think Frosted Flakes are good. They think they're grrreat! #FakeSharkWeekFacts— George T. Probst (@GeorgeProbst) August 13, 2014
The Insightful Panda: REALLY Shark Week? – From Megalodon to ‘Submarine’, Discovery Channel’s Fake Documentaries Continue
Ad Age: Debunking Discovery's Shark Week Is a Rising Cottage Industry
The Improper: Discovery's Shark Week Getting Torn To Shreds by... Scientists?