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When Jaws Came To Visit

Great Whites off the coast of Britain? This is no myth

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The documentary “When Jaws Came To Visit,” examines the evidence that the most iconic fish and predator in the sea; the Great White shark, is visiting the coast of Britain during its yearly migration. Our hunt for this elusive creature will take us all around the British Isles.

With over 80 reported sightings in the last 12 years the evidence is growing. From credible witness testimonies to intriguing seal carcasses, the momentum continues for the myth of the British Great White Shark.

During the film I will revisit the 4 most credible incidents alongside expert analysis and scientific evidence. Suggesting there is more to this than a mere fisherman’s tale. I will also be leaving a bait and camera, over two days, in ideally two locations-North Cornwall and the Outer Hebrides. The camera can run for 9 hours so we will retrieve the footage and reset it daily.

Whether we can do both depends on how much money we can raise. For Instance, one of our eyewitnesses lives deep in the wild Outer Hebrides. This is a logistical and financial nightmare to get to. So if we exceed our target funding we can definitely do the Outer Hebrides, instead of a phone interview or an interview in a more feasible location. Filmmaking shouldn’t be easy anyway!

With warmer weather, warmer seas and depleting fish stocks, I will also be asking what does this all mean for Britain resurgent, coastal tourism industry?

With Britain already home to a diverse range of shark species is there a massive opportunity to be grasped here?

Can the Great White be the figurehead to grow an Eco-friendly, shark tourism industry, generating substantial revenues for local economies?

The continued protection and survival of these endangered yet pivotal members of marine ecosystems is by no means assured. In an era of over-fishing and horrendous finning-hundreds of millions of sharks are slaughtered for their fins each year. If you combine this with the years taken to reach sexual maturity then time is running out to save these magnificent predators and avert an impending environmental catastrophe that will be felt all around the world.

Could the confirmed arrival of the Great White stimulate the change in thinking needed to take Britain’s marine policy into the 21st century?

This is not a film to demonise the Great White or any other shark species whose reputation as “man-eaters” is, lets face it, horrendously outdated. What I want this film to do is to inspire people to take a greater interest in this critically endangered animal before its too late.

Did you know you have more chance of being hit by lightening than being attacked by a shark? While considering how many people enter the sea each year if we were really on the menu surely there would be significantly more attacks!

There is a shark expert in South Africa called Mike Rutzen for years he has free-dived with Great Whites. This means no cage, no immediate safety. He is at the mercy of whatever shark he enters the water with. Having done this hundreds of times, day and night, he has perhaps the most intimate knowledge of White shark behaviour in the world. I challenge anyone to look into his work and not be genuinely astonished. The sight of Mike Rutzen hitching a ride on the back of a Great White is just extraordinary.

The purpose of this film is to not only try and confirm once and for all the presence of British Great Whites but also to show that living sharks themselves are valuable, sustainable commodities. That can not only generate substantial, positive revenues but also provide pivotal indicators about the health of our oceans. It’s a sad state of affairs but the future of this species is likely to be determined by whether it can pay for its own survival.

Without sharks there would be nothing to maintain the equilibrium of our seas, sharks ensure the balance of complex food chains. With some education and forward thinking there is no reason why we cannot start a revolution into how we manage our seas. Like the ivory trade we must act before it’s too late.

As an independent filmmaker in harsh economic times it is very difficult to raise money. Fundraising platforms like this, really do give people the opportunity to change their lives.

Your kind donations are the oxygen of this project, so please if any of what you have read and watched has resonated with you please do not hesitate to get involved.

Thank you for your time.

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