Tiger sharks the focus of new movie

 

Part of FLIFF

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By Anthony Cave

Sharknado has come and gone. Shark Week, too. But marine conservationist Guy Harvey is still focused on the predators. Harvey and Emmy-award winning co-producer George Schellenger will screen their five-year ocean expedition, Tiger Shark Expre ss, Wednesday at Broward College as part of FLIFF. The documentary is an inside look at the migrating patterns of tiger sharks across the Caribbean from Bermuda to Puerto Rico. Harvey, a marine expert who founded the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University, a center dedicated to ocean conservation, has experience with sharks. But when he first started diving with them, he was scared.

“They have a big mouth,” Harvey said. “They have teeth that are made to cut open.” Harvey’s fears were laid to rest once he started documenting their patterns. His underwater equipment helped. “I like having a big camera between me and them,” he said. “They can be over inquisitive. They will mouth objects to see what they’re made of.”

Harvey and a team of experts from around the country tagged and tracked the migration of three dozen tiger sharks throughout a calendar year. Among the discoveries was their underwater odometer count: 10,000 miles. Some of the fish were hunted. The team discovered hooks, missing fins, scars and even a bullet hole in one of the sharks. Amazingly, they kept going. “These are very tough animals,” Harvey said. “They’re obviously used to getting into rough spots.”

Shark Express will be screened as part of the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival in Bailey Hall at Broward College’s Davie campus 7 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets: $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. FLIFF.com, 954-760-9898.

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