New Flick Takes a Bite Out of Bay Shark Mysteries

New documentary explores sharks in the bay

Surfers take notice. All your long unanswered questions about sharks in the bay are about to be answered. And if you didn't have any questions, well some questions are about to be answered anyway.

Little has been known about the species of shark species living beneath the waves of the San Francisco Bay until now. San Francisco's Aquarium of the Bay's "City of the Shark," a mini-documentary by local filmmaker and shark conservationist David McGuire, explores the sharp toothed swimmers beneath the bay.

"The San Francisco Bay is an incredibly diverse estuary ecosystem that includes several shark species that swim just footsteps from the shore, but we are often unaware of the impacts we have on our Bay and ocean life," McGuire said. "'City of the Shark' emphasizes how not only appreciating, but also protecting sharks and the San Francisco Bay habitat can improve the health and diversity of marine life, as well as benefit humans."

The documentary provides a close-up look at local species, with an emphasis on the seven gill shark and shares an overall look at the state of the local shark species and the issues that endanger their existence.

Since July last year, researchers from Aquarium of the Bay Foundation and UC Davis have researched seven gill sharks, using acoustic tagging to monitor and learn more about the species.

"Since we are a nature center focused on San Francisco Bay, one of our primary missions is to research local sharks and learn more about their behavior," said Christina J. Slager, director of husbandry for Aquarium of the Bay. "'City of the Shark' gives viewers a behind-the-scenes peek at our animal care and our seven gill tagging and tracking research."

Aquarium of the Bay Foundation will host a benefit preview screening event on Thursday at 6 p.m. in San Francisco For additional information on the screening, visit the Aquarium of the Bay's Web site

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