Human ‘Mermaid’ Dances With Sharks To Protest Culling

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROkLTkb_MnA&w=560&h=315] Conversationalist and model, Hannah Fraser, is bringing awareness, via unconventional and risky means, to stop the war on sharks, one terrifying dance at a time. Fraser went to the Bahamas, where she ‘danced’ with tiger sharks at 50 ft below the surface. The footage was shot by Emmy award winning cinematographer Shawn Heinrichs. Fraser used no dive equipment and held her breath for the duration of the dive. Although this may look like something from a photo shop, Fraser was filmed as part of a documentary called ‘Tears of a Mermaid,’ which aims to show the importance of promoting awareness and conservation of marine life. Fraser states that her goal in making the documentary was in hopes of stopping the Australian government from doing more shark culling. Fraser stated “Most people are scared of what they don’t know and what lies beneath is deep waters is one of those things – but things like the cull and films like Jaws scare us and create an unnecessary fear.” All of us should and try to do our part for shark conservation and dispelling the Jaws stereotype often facilitated through the media. While sharks can occasionally be dangerous to humans, eradicating these important apex predators from the Ocean is unconscionable.  MORE

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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