Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  89 min.
Release Date: March 23, 2007
DVD: April 8, 2008

Current rating: Rating: 4.22
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Cast: Rob Stewart, Paul Watson, Dr. Erich Ritter, Susan Backlinie, Godfrey Merlin, Mark Butler, Dr. Boris Worm, William Goh, Vic Hislop, Dr. Samuel Gruber, Rex Weyler, Carlos Perez Cembrero, Patrick Moore, Lisa Anastario, Larissa Gilligan, Rob Stewart


For filmmaker Rob Stewart, exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth.

Driven by passion fed from a lifelong fascination with sharks, Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas.

Filmed in visually stunning, high definition video, Sharkwater takes you into the most shark rich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world's shark populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

In an effort to protect sharks, Stewart teams up with renegade conservationist Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Their unbelievable adventure together starts with a battle between the Sea Shepherd and shark poachers in Guatemala, resulting in pirate boat rammings, gunboat chases, mafia espionage, corrupt court systems and attempted murder charges, forcing them to flee for their lives.

Through it all, Stewart discovers these magnificent creatures have gone from predator to prey, and how despite surviving the earth's history of mass extinctions, they could easily be wiped out within a few years due to human greed.

Stewart's remarkable journey of courage and determination changes from a mission to save the world's sharks, into a fight for his life, and that of humankind.

Canadian Connection  Canadian Connection: Filmmaker Rob Stewart is Canadian and the film is completely Canadian-funded.

Director: Rob Stewart
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): Rob Stewart
Screenplay: Rob Stewart
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  • 5 stars "I just saw Sharkwater here at the Toronto Reference Library (Thu Feb 16/17, 2 PM, ET). It was very moving. I didn't realize he was from Toronto. His funeral is this Saturday (Feb 18/17) here in Toronto. What a huge loss for the world! So incredibly sad!"
  • 5 stars "Great documentary exposing the killers of sharks. RIP Rob Stewart. Thank you for helping the shark species."
  • 5 stars "This was an amazing doc and very insightful. I learned a lot. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. It is a bit graphic, but it gets right to the point and demonstrates the reality of what is going on in today's world, in the oceans and above them."