Gato - The Return of Seasnakes
Only a couple of decades ago the waters around the underwater caves of Cato Island in the Philippines were home to millions of
seasnakes. This was before the seasnakes' skin was "discovered" as a much sought-after material for shoes, bags and accessories.
Then a furious period of hunting followed and within a few years the snakes of gato were driven to the verge of extinction.
In the same period more than a hundred
snake catchers died in action, since a bite from one of these creatures brings death in a matter of minutes.
The camera crew follows two marine biologists who go to dive in caves of Gato to find out, whether some of snakes avoided the knives and whether the population may now be recovering.
- 1992 The Philippines, 28’