World-renowned marine artist Guy Harvey will be presenting two films this weekend on St. Pete Beach in conjunction with the grand opening of the first Guy Harvey Outpost in the United States.
Harvey, a 56-year-old native of Jamaica, is a marine biologist whose realistic depictions of billfish garnered him an international following, and his T-shirts featuring top predators are everywhere.
The TradeWinds Island Grand, the Guy Harvey Outpost's sister property (5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach), will host a film festival at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 in conjunction with the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Symposium.
The festival will feature two of Harvey's documentaries: This is Your Ocean: Sharks and Mystery of the Grouper Moon, The Sharks film, which won the MacGillivray Freeman Conservation Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival in California, stars a 12-foot tiger shark named Emma that bonds with scuba diver Jim Abernethy.
Meanwhile, Grouper Moon focuses on a reef off Little Cayman Island where thousands of Nassau grouper congregate each February during the full moon. Cayman Islands conservationists persuaded the government authorities to close the reef to commercial fishing during the grouper spawning season. Admission is free. Call (727) 367-6461.