Eight years ago, Debbie Salamone was attacked by a shark in the shallow waters of Florida’s Cape Canaveral National Seashore. The shark severed her Achilles tendon and led her to question her two-decade career as an environmental reporter.
After surgery and months of recovery, she came to realize that if she loved the ocean, she had to love everything in it – even sharks.
Sharks play an important role in the ocean ecosystem, Salamone explains. Removing these top predators – whether through overfishing or harmful practices like shark-finning – can have dire consequences that ripple throughout the ecosystem.
“I realized my unique position: Who could better speak up for sharks than myself and people like me?” she says.
You’d be forgiven for not knowing there are people crazy enough to surf the roiling and rugged coast of Ireland. As the director and narrator of this beautiful, and arresting film says, “Not many people know who we are, what we do, or much less want to pay us for it.” Yet, here it they are reveling in the power of the dark sea.