I fell in love with sharks in a lagoon in Tahiti as I saw how different they are from the other wildlife I had known, and how intelligent. For many years I studied them through underwater observation.
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A film about The Shark Sessions...
While I was in Tahiti trying to get my sharks protected, the idea that I could put their story in a little movie and broadcast it far and wide across the world via the Internet, would have seemed like science fiction, yet ten years later, its not only possible, it doesn't even seem fantastic any more!
So here it is, my own movie about my beloved sharks, created with actual footage about them, who were being finned while I tried to protect them.
On Friday LiveScience.com published one of my articles, which describes how the fisheries industry has taken control, not only of the planet's wild fish, but of how they are considered by the public as well.
My article describes a political situation which is being reported on more and more on the Internet—too much power is in the hands of the corporations. In this case, it is the fishing industry and its interests that have managed to maintain such control.
Among others, I used the article by David Shiffman and Neil Hammerschlag, that appeared recently in “Fisheries” as an example. In an effort to give the ring of scientific authority to shark fishing, it recommends “fighting” sharks through catch and release fishing, as a good way for Florida to earn money. But both cock fighting and dog fighting are illegal in Florida, so how can a student scientist be promoting the “fighting” of sharks?
It has been shown by a variety of scientific researchers who are NOT involved with fisheri…
The current science of consciousness has been widely discussed on the Internet, and considering the many claims that soon we will be blessed
or damned by conscious machines, it is remarkable how little is known
The essential question involves explaining how a physical universe
gives rise to non-physical intelligent awareness, and this boggles
everyone, because it is explainable by no current scientific knowledge,
physical or quantum.
There are various theories, two of which are considered the most
promising. One, which is favoured by traditional science and supports
the idea that computers could be conscious, holds that after a certain
level of complexity is reached, consciousness emerges naturally, all by
itself. In neurology, consciousness is always mentioned in connection
with the human brain, which, of course is the most complex. Quantities
of rambling text, much of it of a speculative and highly philosophical
nature, have been written on the theory, includi…
Doc Gruber began studying sharks in 1961,
perhaps before any other scientist had done full-time research on a
living shark. During his long career, he founded the Bimini
Biological Field Station (Shark Lab), the Shark Specialist Group of
the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, (IUCN), a
United Nations organization based in Switzerland, and the American
Elasmobranch Society. He has published over 200 scientific papers,
and his research is still ongoing today.
His decision to study sharks was as unplanned as it was final.
As a young man growing up in Florida, he loved to dive, and often
went off for weekends of scuba diving and spear fishing on a 30 metre
schooner called the Blue Goose. The ship had belonged to Hermann
Göring, commander-in-chief of the German Luftwaffe (Air Force) under
the Nazis, and it had found its way to Miami when it was liberated at
the end of World War II. A weekend of diving fun on the Blue Goose
cost only seven dollars, and at that time, there …