Welcome to our "Ocean Passion Series" and this is a special edition Remembering Rob Stewart of Sharkwater. Rob was a leader in a movement to protect sharks, the ocean, and then the human race. How impressive and humble this man was with his life and time to help anyone interested in the same focus. Please welcome our blogger who knew Rob personally and will share a special blog today on his connection to Rob Stewart and Rob's life before and after.
Good day everyone!
My name is Robert Timmons and I am the blogger for the Ocean Passion Series. Today is a deeply touching day as we remember Rob Stewart of Sharkwater. For the ones that may not know Rob we hope by the end of my blog that you understand how important he was for the sharks and building leaders of action for the world.
Back in 2007 I and many tens of thousands of others watched a documentary called Sharkwater. I personally thought it would just be about sharks and how cool they were but it ended up being more than that! Rob Stewart's documentary Sharkwater was one powerful documentary that not only showed my soul a journey of discovery but so many others around the world. Rob Stewart showed us what is horrifically happening to sharks by the millions and also how important they are to our very own lives. It was that day in Toronto back in 2007 that I realized that the ocean gave me my second breath and passion ignited inside of me with feeling that I was a born to help the ocean thanks to Rob.
Rob Stewart's Sharkwater documentary won so many awards and went around the world opening minds to this unknown action happening out in international waters of the ocean. This was not the type of documentary that came and went away. To this day people are still watching and rewatching his work while becoming inspired and creating even more action to protect sharks globally.
"...the world was completely unaware, largely because the world was afraid of sharks." ~Rob Stewart - Sharkwater
It was about one year later that I volunteered some time to help Rob Stewart and his team with their next film Revolution. How exciting to me to be interviewed by Rob for a research position to aid in his 2nd documentary that extended from saving sharks and the ocean to climate change and saving humans. He was a real trailblazer after he realized that a massive paradigm change in the mind of the world's population was needed and fast. The Revolution documentary exposed so much regarding how the ocean was being affected with the excess CO2 and the amazing uprise of the people demanding World Leaders make a stand for climate change.
For years Rob was educating all ages especially children. Teachers were starting to show Sharkwater to their students. When the children watched his documentary they too became engaged in protecting the sharks creating petitions and writing their political leaders. You could tell Rob was inspired by the children's energy to want to help and he seemed to never shy away from interacting with any of them. Rob has been seen supporting many students around the world that watched his documentary.
We even interviewed some incredible children who became leaders for sharks and the ocean because of Rob Stewart and Sharkwater. You can read about Ella Grace here "7yrs Old: I Think Kids My Age Are The Last Chance For Sharks" who even at 7yrs old is creating change on a grand scale.
We also interviewed a lovely and energetic 11 yrs old from Australia named Ariana. You can read all about her action down under right here: "At 11yrs Old I Often Do Not Fit In With The World Around Me And I Guess I Often Feel Like The Hammerhead". If you look closely you can see these two young ladies are also wearing our Pelagic Love Fundraising tee shirt called "Remembering Rob Stewart" shirt where 100% of the profits are going towards Rob's continual work.
Rob created a movement with his non-profit organization Fin Free. This allowed people from all over the world to have a way to be a voice for the sharks. With Fin Free and Sharkwater combined this movement grew massively and aided in the shark fin bans happening around the world.
Then tragedy struck when we all heard Rob was missing in the ocean off the coast of Florida. All the ocean networks from advocates, divers, marine biologists, and shark lovers from all around the world were patiently waiting the news Rob was found safely. However the news was not what we expected and the pain set in on a great loss of life that was a leader for humanity, sharks, and the world itself. Rob passed in the ocean that he loved so dearly.
Even with Rob passing he was still creating leaders from what he has accomplished and received awards. Rob Stewart was still alive in the hearts of so many around the world. The past year after his passing there were murals created in his name and even I was honored to have painted him from my own soul. A Sharkwater ship was even christened in Florida to bring scientists out to the ocean to perform research.
New Zealand Artist Freeman White Creates Rob Stewart Tribute
Mural launched in Toronto in memory of Rob Stewart
Remembering Rob Stewart Painting by Robert Timmons
Rob was a true hero to all that knew him and knew of him. He didn't just create a documentary about sharks, Rob created a movement that he took full leadership of to see it through. Some may have backed out and went off on to another topic but Rob stood his ground and even when he sadly passed away it was during the filming of his Sharkwater sequel called "Sharkwater Extinction".
So please take on Rob's leadership with your own skills and passion to bring awareness and action for the blue earth. When we all see the issues we will all stand together and create positive change.
"We are all unique in our methods but combined we become unstoppable." ~Rob Stewart
Check back next week on the Ocean Passion Series to find out who our next ocean passionate guest will be and you will never be disappointed! Check out our past guests here >>Ocean Passion Series<<