All posts tagged: Shark

World Oceans Day 2017

The ocean is the heart of our planet and it is our life-support system.  Oceans provide over 50% of the world’s oxygen, so it is vital that we maintain a healthy ocean.  We depend on the ocean for our survival.  Coral reefs are home to 25% of marine life.  Coral reefs are often viewed as the rainforest of the sea and have intrinsic value. The caribbean alone has lost approximately 80% of its coral reef coverage.  Coral reefs on a global scale are under threat.  There is an urgent need to protect the ocean and preserve coral reefs. The ocean has this incredible power to unite us— we all are connected to the ocean. The ocean is vast and full of wonderment and spectacular beauty.  Let us all join together to help protect the ocean and conserve coral reefs.  It is important that we also take the time to connect with nature and celebrate the beauty of our planet. A simple way we can create positive change is by recycling and removing trash scattered along …

Sharks Under Threat: FINdonesia Upcoming Documentary

To date, 100 million sharks are killed every year.  Sharks are brutally slaughtered for their fins.  Despite efforts being made around the world to ban shark fin soup, and countries stepping up giving their support for the ban, unfortunately there is still a demand for shark fins.  The rapid decimation of the shark population is largely contributing to the disruption of the balance of ecosystems in the ocean.  Sharks are pivotal to the ocean’s ecosystems.  Bottom line, we cannot afford to lose sharks. As the tag line reads, from Mark Thorpe’s upcoming documentary FINdonesia, “Being #1 is not always something to be proud of” and that is the case with Indonesia being the world’s leading supplier of shark fins to the southeast Asian trade.  As a dedicated ocean conservationist with a passion for film, Mark has set out on a mission to help protect these majestic animals.  For many, he is a hero.  The aim of his documentary is to shed new light on this pressing issue, and help facilitate a resolution to end the …

Cayman Shark Project Part 1

Recently, I had the privilege of watching a short video about sharks in Cayman, filmed and produced by the Dubock brothers, showcasing Cayman’s Department of Environment’s Shark Project over the last few years.  They did a fantastic job!! It was a real treat to see dedicated individuals and the team at the Department of Environment working together to learn more about the sharks that pass through Cayman waters.  After gathering the information, they educate the public about these very misunderstood animals.  The bottom line is that sharks are integral to our ecosystem and we cannot afford to continue losing sharks worldwide at the magnitude that we currently are – every year 100 million sharks are killed. Generally, the shark projects overseen by the Department of Environment mainly seek to measure the amount of sharks which travel through Cayman waters.  The dedicated team record the various species of sharks which travel through our waters.  They also observe if there are any trends or patterns in terms of where the sharks are coming from and going to.  …