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Episode 4: Shark Reef    Premiered on PBS November 1 2012    Watch on PBS

Series host Carl Safina travels to Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve in Belize. The Reserve, which covers an entire Caribbean coral atoll, allows some fishing but bans longlines and nets – the methods most lethal to sharks. A team of researchers has found that as a result sharks are thriving at Glover’s Reef.
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Glover’s Reef Research Station dock on Middle Caye
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Accommodations at Glover’s Reef Research Station
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Tropical paradise: the lagoon seen from Middle Caye
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Carl Safina with shark researcher Demian Chapman (left) and Glover’s Reef staff assistant, checking a longline for catch-and-release shark survey
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Demian Chapman (center) completes a surgical implant of an acoustic tag on a Caribbean reef shark
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Releasing reef shark after tagging
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Huge nurse shark caught and then released as part of the Glover’s Reef research program
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Carl Safina goes down to check out the Glover’s Reef shark acoustic-detection system
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Taking a break after diving to work on Glover’s Reef acoustic instruments
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Traveling light! Cameraman Tony Flanagan with reserve staff counts equipment cases as we leave Glover's Reef Marine for Belize City
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Belize City fish market
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Shark trader in the Belize City fish market.
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The shark trader in the Belize City fish market sells these dried shark fins for $40-50 per pound
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Filming bags of dried shark fins in the shark trader's shack