Story by intern Kelly Randall
On August 1st, Co-founder and director Jamie, Joey and I went to the Tanglewood Nature Preserve on Long Island to speak to kids ages 5-12 at a summer camp about sharks. Tanglewood, the center for science teaching and learning offers hands on educational programs and workshops. We were going to teach the kids all about the importance of sharks, the status of sharks and some cool shark biology and most importantly how these kids can get involved.
One of our main goals here at Shark Angels is to help inspire children to pursue their passions- and of course to become shark lovers! With that in mind, Shark Angel's Executive Director Julie Andersen visited the Pace Center for Girls in Pinellas, Florida at the start of the summer. Jaclyn Mousoulias, a science teacher at Pace and avid ocean lover, asked Julie to come speak at the Center about the life of a Shark Angel in hopes of inspiring her 6th to 12th grade girls to pursue their passions- and they loved every minute of it!
We, as a society, love our monsters. And perhaps none are demonized and feared more than sharks. With Shark Week starting again next week, you might be surprised to hear the Shark Angels perspective on the programming. Or maybe not – since the Angels are always, like sharks, in the middle of controversy. Simply put, there are bigger issues facing sharks and the positive aspects of the week prevail over the bad.
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Sharks kill fewer than 4 humans on average each year, while humans kill an estimated 100 million sharks annually.
Sharks have been honed to perfection, having existed on this planet for over 400 million years.
Sharks play a vital role at the top of the food chain by maintaining balance in the oceans.
* An estimated 73 million sharks are killed each year (that works out to more than 10,000 sharks per hour).
Shark fins are tasteless, and may contain high levels of toxic methyl-mercury.
Only a small number of countries have banned finning - many more need to be encouraged to enact legislation.
Many people assume that because they don’t eat shark fin soup – then they can’t possibly be contributing to the demise of the sharks and rays.
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