As Discovery Channel begins its 24th season of the critically-acclaimed Shark Week on Sunday, July 31, attention also turns to those predators of the deep here in Southwest Florida.
During the spring, two successful shark fishing tournaments were hosted by the region. The Guy Harvey Ultimate Shark Challenege came to Punta Gorda in May 2011 and Shark Fest 2011 was hosted by Cape Coral in June. Each was a catch-and-release tournament that produced fishing excitment on the water, while empahsizing conservation and protection of the mighty fish within the sporting community.
Two local residents carrying a wealth of experience with these apex predators are brothers Brooks and Sean Paxton of North Port. The Paxtons are the founders of the aforementioned Guy Harvey Ultimate Shark Challenege. Committed to keeping this successful fishing tournament in Punta Gorda, the brothers are also eager to share their knowledge of all things sharks throughout the year.
And what better time to take a local look at sharks than while simultaneously observing their exploits nightly on high definition televsion via the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week?
Through their ThinkOutLoud Productions, Brooks and Sean Paxton will be appearing at the North Port Library on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 1:30pm. The Sarasota County library is located at 13800 S. Tamiami Trail in North Port, just south of Biscayne Drive and US 41. Admission is free and this will be a family-friendly event, certain to captivate adventure seekers of all ages.
Following their “Sharks: From Fear to Fascination” event on August 3, 2011 at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, the Paxton Brothers will be sharing similar stories with the North Port audience of their personal interactions with sharks over the years. As cameramen and marine adventurers, the Shark Brothers have extensively documented these animals in their natural habitat. They will present unique video footage and stunning underwater photography obtained from these documentary projects and research expeditions.
The Paxtons affectionately call these fascinating animals VIPs, meaning Very Important Predators, to them and all who share a passion for preserving healthy oceans. Though fun movies like Jaws have demonized the potential aggression of sharks, their predatory capabilties actually perform a vital role in keeping the marine ecosystem in proper order.
For more information, contact the North Port Library or Brooks and Sean Paxton directly at (941) 416-1788.
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