Shores of Silence
Directed byMike Pandey
Produced byMike Pandey
Riverbanks Studios

Shores of Silence: Whale Sharks in India is a landmark film by Mike Pandey that brought about major legislative changes to protect whale sharks worldwide. This documentary depicts the needless killing and harvesting of whale sharks by poor Indian communities. In response to the film, the Indian government introduced legislature to ban fishing of whale sharks, declaring them endangered species and protecting them under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.[1] This gives whale sharks equal status to other endangered species such as tigers and rhinoceroses. Internationally, the film helped to bring the whale shark global protection under CITES.[2] The film won 11 international awards including The Wildscreen Panda, also known as the Green Oscar.[3] Recently, the film received four stars from the Hindustan Times.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Wielding the camera to speak out for a cause". The Hindu. 4 September 2006. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  2. ^ "CONSIDERATION OF PRO POSALS FOR AMENDMENT OF APPENDICES I AND II" (PDF). CITES. pp. 1–24. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  3. ^ Kaushik, Himanshu (2 January 2010). "Lifting the whale". The Times of India. Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2018.