“Adrift: 47 Days with Sharks” follows the dramatic true story of three World War II airmen who became stranded in the Pacific after their plane went down. Two of the three men survived the ordeal, while being confined to life raft in open water for 47 days. The men were subjected to the dangers of exposure, thirst, hunger, and enemy fire, but they were also situated in a raft surrounded by sharks. It’s Shark Week after all, so you can expect the sharks to be at the center of the drama in this telling of the tale of survival.
While most of this year’s Shark Week programming has strayed from horror movie style re-enactments, it looks like “Adrift: 47 Days with Sharks” features at least some flashes of this type of drama, so if you’ve been missing that aspect of Shark Week, so far, perhaps this one will be right up your alley.
The true story has also been told in Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken” and in the words of Louis Zamperini (one of the survivors) in “Devil at My Heels.”
Earth-Touch recently posted some video footage featuring primarily tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier). There’s also a few shots of some blacktip sharks mixed in. If you’re in the mood to watch a couple of minutes of shark video footage, this one is worth checking out.
SBS World News Australia recently posted the interview above to YouTube, which features retired NBA star Yao Ming. While the interview covers many topics including Ming’s basketball career as a player and now a club owner, it also touches on environmental issues including pollution and shark conservation. Ming has been outspoken in recent years about shark conservation and has encouraged an end to the consumption of shark fin soup.
Swimmer Diana Nyad was forced to abandon her attempted swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida, according to an AP report. Nyad had made a point to address that no sharks would be harmed by her team during her swim. Nyad had hired a team of professional divers with many years of experience diving with sharks in order to protect both her and any sharks encountered during the long-distance swim.
CNN reports that Nyad was having trouble with shoulder pain, asthma, and nausea. Nyad faced strong winds and currents in addition to her problematic physical symptoms. Nyad was forced to abandon the swim 29 hours into the journey.