Michael Lombardi

Bad Reputation

Sharks are being wiped out by the tens of millions around the world. So why are we so slow to come to their rescue? Off the coast of Narragansett, a local diver invites us to see past the stereotypes and meet our neighbors.

Last spring, I attended the Rhode Island opening of Sharkwater, an independent documentary by conservationist filmmaker Rob Stewart. The film depicts anything but the man-eating monster we remember from the 1977 movie Jaws. In Stewart’s film, sharks are the victims, of finning, and his portrayal of the animals and their human predators earned top prizes at film festivals all over…