'Man & Shark' Now Available On Amazon.com
I want to share the good news with the world that our book 'Man & Shark' is now available on Amazon.com
A quick look at the photo credits page of 'Man & Shark' reveals that the images contained inside the book come from the following FOURTEEN photographers;
Mike & Val FRASER
Photographs in the book were taken in the following TWENTY countries, or areas:-
INTERNATIONAL WATERS OF THE WESTERN PACIFIC
(Places marked with an asterisk denote locations we did not go to for the book, but sourced material from)
From the beaches of Africa to the ports of the Middle East, a shark fin odyssey arrives back at ground zero: Hong Kong. 'Man & Shark' is book and short film of the same title, which explores the barbaric practice of shark-finning in developing nations, so that consumers in Hong Kong and China can eat shark fin soup at their weddings, company banquets and celebrations. The book and short film aims to show why sharks, as the ocean's apex predators, are necessary to keep the marine ecosystem in balance. 'Man & Shark' also bears witness to the ignorance of shopkeepers selling shark fin in Hong Kong. And it explores why Chinese people eat shark fin soup in the first place, and the dangers to human health from mercury poisoning.
'Man & Shark' was conceived in Mozambique, Yemen, and Hong Kong, and includes many underwater images from all over the world.
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In detail, 'Man & Shark' follows the journey of a shark's fin, from the back of a shark swimming peacefully in the ocean, to when it is brutally sliced off by fishermen. The book documents the continued voyage of that fin as it makes its way by boat to the dried seafood markets of Hong Kong.
From here, the fin is pictured as it makes its final journey through the kitchens of hotels and restaurants in the city, and into a bowl of soup. Ground zero is where the fin finally slips down the throat of a member of the Hong Kong public, who is largely unaware of the devastating effects of his culinary choice on the marine environment.
The book highlights the co-authors combined experience of photographing sharks in the wild, and the savagery of the shark fin trade across the world. Readers will see the extraordinary beauty of these creatures and realize that the choices they make at the dinner table can make a difference to an entire species.
Both Paul and Alex hope their book will highlight the main reasons why the consumption of shark fin soup is so damaging to the marine eco-system, and to the health of the consumer from mercury poisoning. The ultimate aim of the book is to help consumers around the world make an informed choice as to why it is best to pledge not to eat shark fin soup, and to show that sharks are beautiful, yet much maligned, animals that are critical to the continued health of our planet.
Sharks should therefore not be considered as food.
'Man & Shark', the short film, with the same narrative as the book, with Chinese subtitles is here:-
English version here:-
And that, believe it or not, is the last plug for our hard-hitting book on the global shark fin trade. I promise!
ALEX HOFFORD : HONG KONG CHINA SHARK FIN PHOTOGRAPHER