New documentary chronicles the world of sharks

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Marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey will host the South Florida premiere of an international documentary on sharks at The Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale.

Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center presents a public showing of “This is Your Ocean: Sharks,” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the University’s Miniaci Theatre. All proceeds will benefit the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova’s Oceanographic Center.

“The ban on commercial shark fishing and exportation of shark byproducts is a huge step in the conservation of sharks worldwide,” says Harvey, the Cayman Island-based marine artist and conservationist. “Healthy oceans are essential for life on our planet. It is our collective responsibility to conserve the marine environment and maintain the biodiversity of our oceans.”

The documentary strives to reveal up close the misconceptions and myths surrounding the misunderstood predators of the sea and promotes global shark conservation. Millions of sharks are killed each year in the illegal shark-fin trade to satisfy the global appetite for shark-fin soup.

“This is Your Ocean: Sharks” is a prologue to the Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale’s exhibition “Shark!,” a multimedia spectacular beginning on May 13, 2012, that will focus on the ocean¹s top predators as illustrated by marine artists Guy Harvey, John Singleton Copley, Damien Hirst, and many other artists.

Click here to learn more about “This is Your Ocean: Sharks.”

Click here to watch a trailer of the film.