Growing up most kids looked up to football players and movie stars, but one new Port St. Joe resident looked up to a Frenchman in a red hat.
Jacques Cousteau and his films have always been a huge inspiration to Joe Tallant, who hoped to do something similar one day.
Visiting Florida each year, his family's love for the sea grew and they eventually became full-time residents of Port St. Joe.
After finishing high school he attended the University of West Florida, where he will graduate in May with a major in Maritime Studies along with minors in Environmental Sciences and Anthropology.
Sharks and their importance to the ecosystem have always caught his attention, so for a freshman year school assignment he made his first short film to show the effects of the movie Jaws on society.
To continue sharing his passion about these toothy friends, he made a second film with local residents and local establishments in Port St. Joe.
The Florida Coastal Conservancy and Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Center will hold a special event 6 p.m. ET Thursday, March 12 to view Tallant’s film "Shark Week: The Great Disappearance" and listen to Joe as he gives a short talk about our local sharks and their importance as well as what we can do to protect these misunderstood creatures.
Whether you are terrified or curious about sharks, there is something for you to learn from Tallant's talk and film.
The event is free and open to the public.
The Sea Turtle Center is located on 10th Street in Port St. Joe adjacent to the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society.