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Guy Harvey's favorite sharks? WPBT film ranks his Top 10

Sun Sentinel

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October 23rd, 2014

Over the years, Davie-based marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey has swum with sharks and painted them.

Now he's sharing his Top 10 list of favorites in "Sharks of the World: A Guy Harvey Expedition," debuting 8 p.m. Oct. 29 on WPBT-Ch. 2.

As he narrates the 45-minute documentary, Harvey highlights popular shark hangouts including Fort Lauderdale's Intracoastal Waterway, Nova Southeastern University's Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography in Dania Beach, and the waters off Mexico, the Bahamas, Costa Rica and Fiji.

"I care greatly about sharks and, through the film, hope to help people better understand the value of a living shark to our oceans," Harvey said by email. "Their strength and courage underwater make them the most captivating animals in the sea."

sharkIn describing each type of shark, he sprinkles fun facts about them: how long they grow, where they hang out, what fish they like to eat. The massive whale shark (No. 10 on his list) can grow 20 to 30 feet long, for example. The lemon shark (No. 8) is so-called because of its yellow coloring, he says.

Cameras dive into the waters off Fiji, home to a marine reserve where divers hand-feed "car-sized bull sharks" and other species. The sharks take turns eating in almost organized fashion.

Overall, filming took place throughout 10 years because of the migratory nature of sharks.

"The lesson of the film is really patience over time. If you stay at it long enough, you hit a critical mass — and it creates the capacity to tell a great story," the film's director, George Schellenger, wrote in an email. "Fishing is about patience."

Closer to home, Harvey features an interview with Jessica Vaughn, who relates being bitten in the right leg by what was thought to be a bull shark while swimming in the Intracoastal last June.

NSU marine professor Mahmood S. Shivji, who is also director of the Guy Harvey Research Institute, discusses the great white shark's name.

"Often, it's called a great white shark but this really is a white shark, not a great white shark. The common name should be white shark because there is no lesser white shark to have to distinguish between a great white and a lesser white shark," he says in the film. "But of course, it's always been called a great white shark since the movie 'Jaws' came out."

johnnydiaz@sunsentinel.com or 954-356-4939

On TV

What: "Sharks of the World: A Guy Harvey Expedition"

Airs: 8 p.m. Oct. 29 on WPBT-Ch. 2

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