Shark lovers around the world are encouraged to take a shot of them with a shark - underwater or topside, hash tag it (#sharkselfie) and post it on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!
Shark Angels empowers local action through online tools and a collaborative, positive network. This recent story out of Oklahoma should inspire everyone to take a bit of action in their hometowns. See a shark product on the shelves or menu? Contact us! We can help you remove it with a library of letters, educational materials, how-to guides and expertise. One person can make a big difference for sharks - and the Shark Angels can make that just a little easier.
This month, SCUBA DIVING Magazine is running an article authored by our executive director, Julie Andersen. Typically their "Ask the Expert" section has two perspectives on any topic, but given Julie's interesting position on touching sharks - they decided to have her author both perspectives. The thoughtful article is below.
The topic of touching sharks can spark heated debates. And it’s an inner turmoil I also wrestle with on a frequent basis having spent hundreds of hours underwater with sharks. A simple Google search will quickly reveal many images in which I am brazenly touching sharks. Yes, it is something I did (and often still am tempted to do), but it is something I don’t encourage. In fact, just the opposite.
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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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