Shark Mountain

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NATURE’s Shark Mountain takes viewers on a dive of a lifetime to reveal underwater creatures unlike anywhere else in the world.

Some 300 miles off Costa Rica is Cocos Island, a tiny Pacific outpost that was once a favorite haunt of pirates. Cocos, a designated World Heritage Site, lies directly in the path of powerful ocean currents that often collide with the island, churning the waters into an undersea storm.

These swirling currents carry rich nutrients to a reef teeming with brilliantly colored marine life. Residents include moray eels, hawksbill turtles, leatherbass, bigeye jacks, red-lipped batfish, yellow barberfish, hogfish, and sea urchins, to name only a few.

The currents bring more than algae to this island paradise. They also summon an extraordinary abundance of sharks, providing a golden opportunity to observe some of the most surprising and baffling shark behavior ever captured on film. The volume and variety of sharks that visit Cocos on a regular basis is staggering, and includes huge numbers of silkies, hammerheads, black-tip reef sharks, white-tip reef sharks, silver-tip reef sharks, whale sharks, and their distant cousins, the marbled rays.

A team of expert and intrepid divers, led by renowned underwater film specialists Howard and Michele Hall, leads viewers into this ultimate domain of sharks.

Online content for Shark Mountain was originally posted November 2004.

Production Credits Print

Television Credits

Narrated by
JASON O'MARA

Producer
MICHELE HALL

Director of Photography
HOWARD HALL

Cinematography
HOWARD HALL
BOB CRANSTON
PETER KRAGH

Edited by
PATRICK GAMBUTI, JR.

Written by
HOWARD HALL

Original Music
GREG LAPORTA

Additional Cinematography
NORBERT WU

Technical Divers
MARK THURLOW
DAVE FORSYTH

Ultralight Aircraft Pilot
JOHN DUNHAM

Location Consultant
AVI KLAPFER

For San Diego Shoot:

Director of Photography
BOB SLOAN

Sound
JEFF LANDIE

Gaffer
DEREK ZEDAKER

Stock footage provided by:
MARTY SNYDERMAN

Audio Mix
ED CAMPBELL

Sound Editors
PATRICK GAMBUTI, JR
ED CAMPBELL

Music Mix
DOUG DIFRANCO
CREATIVE GROUP, NY

Assistant Editor
LUIS ALBERTO ORTIZ

On-Line Editor
DAVID NOLING

Colorist
RON STETLER

Special Thanks
UNDERSEA HUNTER
SCUBAPRO
SEA AND SEA PRODUCTS
JIM JENSEN
TRUTH AQUATICS
OCEAN TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS

For NATURE:

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Producers
PATTY JACOBSON
JILL CLARKE

Associate Producers
IRENE TEJARATCHI
GIANNA SAVOIE

Production Secretary
KELLY LAFFERTY

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Offline Editor
PATRICK GAMBUTI, JR.

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive In Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

A Co-Production of Howard Hall Productions and Thirteen/WNET New York

This program was produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2004 Educational Broadcasting Corporation

Web Credits

Producer
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Designer
MICHAEL DIMAURO

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Writer
DAVID MALAKOFF

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

Photos for "Introduction" and "Interview" by Michele Hall. Photo for "Shattering Shark Myths" by Howard Hall. Other images from Shark Mountain. All photos © Howard Hall Productions. Reproduction of images is prohibited without authorization.

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