Filmed in high definition video, Sharkwater explores the densest shark populations in the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption of the shark-hunting industry in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Filmmaker Rob Stewart travels with Paul Watson and his Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship as they confront shark poachers in Guatemala and Costa Rica. Among the group’s experiences are boat chases with poachers and police, boat ramming, hidden camera footage of massive shark finning facilities, corrupt court systems and eventually attempted murder charges which force Stewart and Watson to flee from the police. Stewart explores how the increasing demand for shark-fin soup in Asia is fueling an illegal trade in sharks. His expedition is cut short, however, when he is diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis (from which he recovers).

Stewart discovers that sharks have gone from predator to prey, and how despite surviving the Earth’s history of mass extinctions, as well as being a predator that prevents the overconsumption of plankton by other fish, moderating global warming, they could easily be wiped out within a few years.

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  • perhaps the only reason our hammer-headed friends haven’t dined on our darling little narcissus narrator y e t is that they haven’t had to listen to him drawl his way through his script.. But for my impoverished benefit, anyone — what is that accent, posh new england/’sexy’ hollywood affectation? — that’s just a wee guess. Anyone? que?

    • What a crass bitching comment on a great doc. Some Taiwanese gonna use your hands and feet for his soup

      • tih

        do you seriously have nothing better to do with your life? lol..

    • Carla

      Seriously. If you’re not comprehending or grasping the crucial issues that this doc brings to light, go watch trashy reality television shows. That’s probably something right up your alley.

  • Jon

    Deal with poverty and the problem will be solved

  • scottish scott

    so so sad 🙁 im devasted to see this still going on breaks my heart

  • fantastic! truly opened my eyes to the world of sharks and their struggle for survival. one of the best documentaries i have watched

  • Talya Honor

    /what a great documentary! People who misunderstand sharks and how evil whaling is should be forced to watch this. How has the Canadian government not stopped seal clubbing??