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The Greatest (White Shark) Love of All….

My oldest son loves sharks. Passionately.
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The other day he really wanted to watch a movie about them, but I couldn’t find one that doesn’t involve sharks killing people.
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So I found a documentary about a young man, who also loves sharks, and spends his life photographing and studying them.

paigegreenGrouponAquar01082016-076But sharks are endangered, so instead of watching sharks kill people, we ended up watching people kill sharks.
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I stopped the documentary pretty quickly when they started showing the illegal long line fishermen pulling in 60 miles of fishing line with dead sharks, turtles and other fish (60 miles.)
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At first my son said he wanted to keep watching the movie. But I told him it was making me feeling bad, so I wanted to see how he was feeling. And suddenly he was as upset as I have ever seen him (about something other than toys or injuries) over what people are doing to sharks.
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After lots of discussion, the good news is that now he says he wants to be a marine biologist when he grows up…
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Well, marine biologist-pirate who sinks fishing boats to protect sharks… IF there are sharks when he grows up.
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 I really hope there are sharks when he grows up.
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So thanks to our shark loving son, we are changing the way our family eats fish (to the dismay of my sushi loving husband) and luckily there are good resources to help us learn what to eat and what to avoid…
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Because we’d much rather have sharks (who were around with the dinosaurs) than a plate of sushi any day.
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Thank you, Laura Schneider, for the family photo, coincidentally featuring a shark magazine. And thank you, Christian Anthony, for taking my Great White Shark LoveHeart request. 

To learn more about sustainable fish and how you can help check out: http://www.focb.org/

About the author paige green

Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.

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3 Comments

  1. blackmountainartisans April 5, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Magical story, magical photos and magical grown-ups and kids. Showed it to Bruce, the Ocean’s advocate, and he LOVED it. Thanks for spreading the word on sharks in such charming way. Marlie

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  2. Just too good. So, so very good and beautiful and potent. Thank you Mama Woman Paige, for the way you love, and the way that you share it.

    On Tue, Apr 5, 2016 at 4:08 AM, somewhere between a handshake and two kisses wrote:

    > paige green posted: ” My oldest son loves sharks. Passionately. The other > day he really wanted to watch a movie about them, but I couldn’t find one > that doesn’t involve sharks killing people. So I found a documentary about > a young man, who also loves sharks, and spen” >

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