This story comes to us from our newest Angel, Thomas Ponce, who at 11 is leading Fin Free Florida. We need more kids like this!
I’d like to share a story about my vacation to Venice Beach, which is also known as Shark Tooth Beach. This was the trip I had been waiting for ever since I had seen this location on the Discovery Channel over a year ago. Having the opportunity to find fossilized shark teeth that have been in the waters for over millions of years was something I was ecstatic about! It was a perfect day to go sifting for shark teeth. I walked into the water up to my knees, sifter in hand, and began sifting. I dug my scooper into the sand, beneath the water, and pulled up many small teeth. I found great white teeth, bull shark teeth, tiger shark teeth and a few I was unsure about, it was amazing. Then it happened. I hit the jackpot! I discovered in my scoop the largest tooth I had ever seen. It was four inches long and black in color. Its edges were serrated and you could still see the gum line. The great white teeth I found paled in comparison to this massive tooth. It was a Megaladon tooth! My dream had come true, I had found one! This was the best birthday present I could have ever gotten, or so I thought.
Shark Angels are always looking for innovative ways to infect pop culture with sharks! So we were thrilled to partner with PangeaSeed - who we first worked with in Kessenuma, Japan.
In the spirit of ocean conservation, the international non-profit shark and ocean conservation organization, PangeaSeed, in collaboration with the international non-profit shark conservancy group, Shark Angels, was pleased to host an encore presentation of PangeaSeed’s The Great West Coast Migration – Art Benefit for Sharks & Oceans. The pioneering art and film festival incorporating the works of over 100 artists and 25 filmmakers spent the summer of 2012 traveling through 6 major West Coast cities.
This unique two-day educational awareness and fundraising event was tailored to address one of the biggest threats facing the health of the world’s oceans, the rapid mass depletion of sharks. The entire event was geared towards celebrating sharks through film, music, media and art.
Friday November 16th - Shark Angel Education presentation, Malibu California
Written by Lisa Harris, Director of Events and Educational Programs
Walking into Point Dume Marine Science school in gorgeous Malibu California, is like walking into another world… the sea. I wanted to be 8 yrs old again and jump into their art adorned walls of whales, sharks, rays and seals. Is this really a school one would ask? Hey sign me up for this one. Who wouldn't want to be surrounded by all these amazing animals, oh and don’t forget their aquarium or what they refer to as the ' SCIENCE CENTER."
We started our presentation with eager 5 and 6 yr olds all smiles, waiting patiently sitting crisscrossed on the auditorium floor. We were surprised, ...not really, THIS IS a marine science school lol, at their astonishing knowledge of the sharks and their habitats. Both Jamie and I led the presentation with our multiple choice power point that had the kids giggling away, especially when Jamie took out the puppets and showed them how a Hammerhead shark begins his delicate dance of eating his desired prey.
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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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