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Cancel NBC Shark Hunters

The NBC Sports show Shark Hunters glorifies and promotes the killing of sharks, amazing animals already under pressure from overfishing, finning and environmental pollution. And all three of the species hunted on Shark Hunters are listed as “Vulnerable" by The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).

The show features three tournaments that give financial prizes for bringing in dead sharks from 3 species: mako, thresher and porbeagle. NBC should not be glamorizing the killing of vulnerable sharks under the pretense of "sport” or “sustainable fishing”.

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Porbeagles are North Atlantic sharks. They have big round eyes and friendly smiles. Sometimes a porbeagle will roll around and around in a kelp patch until it gets tangled up in some, and then it will swim around with the kelp dangling behind it while all of it’s friends chase it and try to catch the kelp with their toothy shark mouths and oh how they titter and giggle! I just don’t trust these guys, not at ALL. It’s like they’ve studied people to find out what we think is adorable, but then they could only execute it in a terrifyingly alien way.

some of my mutuals as sharks

@samipapi - i see sara as a great white shark because no one can fuck with her. she has no known natural predators. also she may be the one who “bites” the most in the rami fandom but at the end of the day she’s not really interested

@lucifersass - chee is a frilled shark because they capture their prey like a snake and it looks like what a merdick would probably look like. they are also called lizard sharks sometimes and i feel like you would appreciate that

@samiisbetter  - I think silky shark is a good choice for amanda and i’m just gonna straight up copy and paste this “When approaching something of interest, it may seem inattentive…However, it can respond with startling swifness to any shift in its immediate surroundings.” if you know amanda, you know she is very understanding until someone gets mean.

@ramimalekeyes - kay has got to be a zebra shark because he is pretty much nocturnal, he is very kind, and he looks really cool. i’ve only seen one tiny little picture of kay, but i’m 100% sure he looks cool

@ramimalekspuke - we all know our friend stephanie loves bodily fluids so when i read this: “Iglookil Inuit believe that the shark lives within Sedna’s urine pot, and consequently its flesh has a urine-like smell, and acts as a helping spirit to shamans.” i knew they had to be a greenland shark. but not just because of the urine. i also see stephanie as a helping spirit to all of their friends!

@what-the-goat-dragged-in - i would like to think marisa would be the type of shark to fuck with fisher’s nets and steal from fisher’s lines so i say she’s a porbeagle shark- known for being playful

@raminified - ooze is a shortfin mako because he is so fast. like so fast. and he can probably fuck you up before you even notice he’s there

In honor of Chowder’s Birthday, here’s a Cryptid Dex ficlet starring Chowder.

Because I apparently can’t help myself. Read the bulletpoint fic about Dex the Cryptid here! Also for the record I know nothing about sharks so I’m POSITIVE this is all completely incorrect but you know what? I’m writing about cryptids so are we really here for scientifically accurate text? No We Are Not

Edit: actually i lied and now know a decent amount about porbeagle sharks


Chowder’s most frequent questions to Dex after he revealed himself have been about sharks. Almost constantly.

“Have you ever met a shark?”

“Where do you usually see sharks?”

“How often do you see sharks?”

“What kind of sharks do you see?”

“Do they like you?”

“… Have you ever had a conversation with one?”

Dex did have to clear up that he can’t communicate with animals. But he really doesn’t mind, their name partially comes from being mistaken as sharks anyway. Well, maybe not NEBBs like Dex in particular, but the bigger ones that live in the ocean. Technically he could be mistaken as a shark? Whatever, logistics.

Nursey made an executive decision after Chowder learned about Dex that Chowder would get a scuba license. His reasoning was that if Dex ever was forced to go into hiding, they could still act as his keepers and check up on him. A good way to do that would be to meet in the water. Plus Nursey wanted Chowder to see Dex in the water.

Nursey pays for the lessons and the license and the equipment. They store it at Dex’s parents house, Chowder meeting them for the first time when they bring it up. His parents take to Chowder a little faster than they did to Nursey, probably because they had two people they trusted telling them he’s trustworthy. That, and Chowders unadulterated enthusiasm about the entire thing ultimately put them at ease. They happily let in the ray of sunshine goalie. They were able to bring it up at the end of September, but it wasn’t until the second weekend of October that they had the chance to actually go use it. It was chilly, and the water would be cold, but they had gotten the heavy duty cold water gear for a reason. Maine water is frigid no matter what time of year you go. 

Dex and Nursey knew it was Chowder’s 20th birthday. Of course they knew. They had a few hushed conversations in the week leading up, and Dex made a few phone calls home. When it came to the weekend, Chowder’s birthday resting on a holiday, and confirmation from Dex’s brother, everything was set.

They met Dex’s brother at the dock. It was a monday holiday and they met early enough where even the most  dedicated fishermen would still be in bed or getting ready to head out. It’s the first time both Nursey and Chowder met Dex’s brother, and if they thought his parents (both at 6′5″) were intimidating, they had nothing on his brother.

Standing at 7′4″ he towered over all of them, toned muscles on display as he was only wearing spandex shorts. Nursey had a new slew of questions, as did Chowder, but they decided quickly it can wait. Dex had mentioned he hadn’t seen his brother since the beginning of summer. They were very, very happy to see each other, his brother manhandling Dex easily as Dex protested, but both doing so with a wide, toothy smile. Ultimately they hugged and talked in low voices as Nursey and Chowder loaded up the motorboat. His brother quickly slipped into the water and told Dex where to meet him before shooting off.

They got there in roughly fifteen minutes, stopping the boat and dropping the small anchor. Dex’s brother found them after another few, Nursey and Chowder getting their gear fully on. Dex quickly stripped down to his spandex as well, slipping into the water and only emerging ten minutes later when Nursey began slapping the water to get his attention. Nursey and Chowder submerged themselves, but not before Dex’s brother gave them some advice.

“She’s fine, actually really friendly. Just don’t startle her, don’t flip her over, and let her go when and where she wants to go.”

Chowder looked to Nursey for clarification, who only smiles before popping in his regulator and falling backwards into the ocean. Chowder follows.

At first he’s captured by the way Dex’s brother moves in the ocean. Fluid, like he blongs there. Like the ocean moves with him, for him, around him, instead of him moving in it. It’s breathtaking.

Then he almost screams, almost starts to cry, because under him is Dex scratching the side of a Porbeagle shark. He has a lot of emotions running through him very quickly. 

She’s larger than any of them at almost eight feet. She seems relatively disinterested in them, but does keep coming back to swim by Dex and his brother, leaning into their hands as they run them over her skin. They’re both smiling, making clicking noises Chowder is sure they can hear better than Nursey and Chowder can.

Dex ultimately brings Chowder closer to him, having him stay still by his side as they wait for the shark to pass by again. When she does, Dex takes Chowder’s hand and holds it out, holds it against her skin as she passes by. Nursey stays closer to the boat, decidedly not getting close to the shark.

They emerge once the shark has decided it’s had enough and swam off, leaving Chowder emotional and Dex and his brother smiling. They clamber back into the boat, Dex’s brother helping them by boosting them out of the water. Once Chowder is safely in the boat he rips out his regulator and starts talking.

“Oh my gosh. Oh my god! You guys! That was a porbeagle! They usually come down into the gulf of maine during this time to mate! Oh my gosh she was so gorgeous, I thought she was a great white at first!”

Dex’s brother laughs, hanging off the edge of the boat. “Yeah, that’s fako.”

Chowder whips around with a huge smile. “Yeah!!! They’re called that up here because they’re mistaken as shortfin mako’s all the time up here!”

Dex’s brother nods. “Yup, that’s her. I’ve actually gone hunting with her a few times. I wouldn’t say we’re friends, but she seems to tolerate me. I like her a lot.”

Chowder doesn’t stop talking the entire way back, only pausing once they’re back on the dock to turn to Dex and Nursey. “Thank you, you guys. This was so, so cool. I couldn’t ask for a better trip.”

Nursey and Dex take once glance at each other before turning back to their friend with a smile. “Happy Birthday, Chowder.”

“OH MY GOD! I FORGOT IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY! THIS WAS THE BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!”

Now we’ve reached the mackerel sharks, in this case a smaller relative of the Great White: the porbeagle. They can grow up to over 3 metres but averagely reach 2.5 and can be found in both cool and temperate waters. It can dive up to over 1,300 metres deep but equally can be found in shallow waters under 1 metre. It is also an extremely fast swimmer.

Although physically able to attack humans there are no confirmed records of attacks. It is heavily fished for its meat and fins which has resulted in a rapid decline of population. 

And because it looks so adorable here, a second photo of a porbeagle. ^^

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This was an early concept of what will be the first set location that will be animated in the film. I’m guessing it’s gonna change prior to animation, which is why I don’t mind showing it’s original (current) form here.


Unlike most 3D films, when I deem appropriate, I’m considering some experimental and stylised looks. I’m definitely adamant about approaching it as a ‘film’ more so than an 'animation’. One of which I’ve been toying with is a screen-printed look. I’ve already tried it in motion too and it looks good. Considering cutting between the normal render and the stylised looks intermittently. Really can’t wait to get down and into it. Just have to ensure I finish all the character set-ups prior to moving on to the fun stuff…. The disadvantages to not having a willing and able team.