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MIPCOM Picks 2011: Death Beach

Second Beach is a surfer's haven in Port Saint John's, South Africa. But the idyllic surroundings and near-perfect waves have been tainted by a series of shark attacks, with six people killed over the past three years.
September 26, 2011

DEATH BEACH

Partners: Earth Touch and Smithsonian Networks U.S., distributed by Earth Touch

Length: 1 x 50 minutes

Airing: 2012

Rights available: Worldwide, excluding U.S. and Canada

Second Beach is a surfer’s haven in Port Saint John’s, South Africa. But the idyllic surroundings and near-perfect waves have been tainted by a series of shark attacks, with six people killed over the past three years. Each casualty was a young surfer from one of the region’s local tribes. The townsfolk are at a loss to explain why the wave of attacks is happening now, with some theories pointing towards discarded bones from tribal sacrifices, and others focused on a nearby estuary which has been dubbed “a shark highway.” This natural history special combines a gripping narrative with spectacular photography for a chilling tale of man vs. nature.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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