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Livestream Lecture: Sharks – Emperors of the Deep: The Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians

May 5, 2020, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The program:

From the Jaws blockbuster movie series to Shark Week, we are conditioned to see sharks as terrifying cold-blooded underwater predators. But as William McKeever, founder of Safeguard the Seas, reveals, sharks are evolutionary marvels essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem. We can learn much from sharks, he argues, and our knowledge about them continues to grow. The first book to reveal in full the hidden lives of sharks, Emperors of the Deep, examines four species—Mako, Tiger, Hammerhead, and Great White—as never before, and includes fascinating details such as:

· Sharks are 50-Million Years older than trees
· Sharks have survived 5 Extinction level events, including the one that killed off the Dinosaurs
· Sharks have electroreception, a sixth sense that lets them pick up on electric fields generated by living things
· Sharks can dive 4,000 Feet below the surface; Sharks account for only 6 human fatalities per year, while humans kill 100 Million Sharks per Year

McKeever goes back through time to probe the shark’s pre-historic secrets and how it has become the World’s most feared and most misunderstood predator, and takes us on a pulse-pounding tour around the world and deep under the water’s surface, from the frigid waters of the Arctic Circle to the coral reefs of the tropical Central Pacific, to see sharks up close in their natural habitat. He also interviews ecologists, conservationists, and world-renowned shark experts, including the founders of Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior, the head of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, and the self-professed “last great shark hunter.”

At once a deep-dive into the misunderstood world of sharks and an urgent call to protect them, Emperors of the Deep celebrates this wild species that hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of the ocean–if we can prevent their extinction from climate change and human hunters.

The speaker:

William McKeever is an author and documentary filmmaker. His book, Emperors of the Deep, is in bookstores and focuses on raising awareness to the plight of sharks and educating the reader on recent scientific discoveries about the importance of them to the marine ecosystem. The book also makes a call for regulatory action to save them. The publisher is Harper Collins. The book has received strong reviews across the country and on Amazon. Conservation groups have also embraced the book and Greenpeace, for example, calls it a “must-read”.

He also is the producer/writer/director of a shark documentary film of the same name. The film exposes the threats that sharks face around the world and explains why society needs to change how it views these animals. Through interviews with scientists around the world and exciting shark video footage, the viewer sees sharks in a new light. This exciting 80-minute length film will be in distribution in 2020.

Due to his writing and film work, he was awarded the 2020 Pegasus Foundation’s Wings Award, which recognizes individuals for their outstanding achievements in animal welfare and habitat protection. Past honorees include Dr. Jane Goodall and Dr. Denise Herzig, of The Wild Dolphin Project, and Andrew Rowan of Humane Society International.

 The book

Purchase a copy of William McKeever’s book, Emperors of the Deep, through Rainy Day Books online or call 913.384.3126.

Accessing the program:

This free, online livestream lecture will take place on May 5 at 4:00 PM CDT via Zoom. To help us better serve our audiences, we have included some demographic questions in the registration form. Your response to these questions is voluntary but appreciated.  Thank you! 

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May 5, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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