When going through my Youtube Channel a few days ago, I noticed that my Physioshark documentary had hit about 97k views! Wow! Not long ago, and I was tweeting the documentary to reach 50k and now this! Seems like the Youtube algorithm somehow has physioshark on its radar.. Today, more than 108.000 people have watched the documentary, which tells the story of a shark research program run in Moorea, French Polynesia.
More specifically, the scientists led by Associate professor Dr. Jodie Rummer investigate how climate change impacts juvenile sharks around the small Pacific Island. Climate change-related impacts, such as warming water temperatures and increasing water acidity of course affect all organisms living in the oceans, and baby sharks are no exception.
Additionally, French Polynesia offers a unique study scenario as it has declared its entire Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) covering more than 1.5 million square miles as a shark sanctuary. This erases a big factor usually present in studies around the world: anthropogenic fishing.
The film tells the story of the project and lets the scientists explain their work while depicting the research in the field. Looking back, this was a fantastic project and surely one of my absolute favourite assignments thus far. Having filmed this documentary several years ago, it might soon be time for an update and with the world returning back to normality (albeit slowly), this could be a great future project!
For now, I’d love you to watch the documentary, learn a thing or two about sharks, and help me keep the Youtube algorithm going and reach the 1 million views eventually, because why not!? And do leave a subscription to help me grow my channel with my modest goal of 1000 subs 🙂 Thank you!
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Tom Vierus is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and marine biologist based in Suva, Fiji Islands. This blog is dedicated to his assignments and to sharing some behind-the-scenes footage.