Here is an excerpt from a rare United States Air Force Training Film circa 1964. The training video was given to pilots just in case they were shot down over tracts of ocean heavily populated by sharks. Many will find this hilarious, but at that time, knowledege about sharks were mostly based on accounts coming from the survivors of shipwrecks like the infamous USS Indianapolis that was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine in July 1945. Barely 20 years after that tragic event, sharks were still tagged as public enemy number 1. Thus, the content of this training film.
Fast forward to 1975, when the infamous film adaptation of Peter Benchley's novel, Jaws, was released to the public eye featuring Shark Hunter Quint, portrayed by actor Robert Shaw as he recounts the experiences he had as the USS Indianapolis sank in WW2. Combined by the cinematic doom and gloom musical score, the film sealed the fate of shark populations around the world.
Inspite of advancements in research on shark behaviour, many people, to this day and age, still cower and hate on the thoughts generated by tragedies and films like this. It turned an American cult film into a modern day myth and legend no different from the tales, coming from the middle and southeast, we so despise surrounding potions made of shark cartilage, shark fins, manta ray gill rakers, rhino horns or pangolin scales. It created a money-making benchmark that capitalised on one of the basic emotions of man: FEAR.
This film is part of Rob Stewart's @teamsharkwater legacy from thr award-winning documentary, Sharkwater, which brought to light the sad plight of sharks around the world. Please watch the film and change your perception of sharks. #SharksAlive #Sharkwater #InHonour #Legacy #GameOverFishing #PlayItRight #LetLive #Walmart #SharkMeat #MantaRayMeat #Legal #NoToSharkMeat #NoToMantaRayMeat #WhatsOnYourPlate #Conservation #Education #BeOneOfUs #JoinUs #NakaweProject #WeCanMakeADifference #THeHeartOfAWarrior #NakaweRepublic