let’s support this current petition to stop shark finning in Australia!
I have dived with sharks for over 15 years…..these creatures are intelligent, curious and fascinating. This is some footage I took of a bull shark at one of our beautiful dive sites here Chumphon Pinnacle, filmed a few ago when they were prolific here! Now there are NEVER sightings of these bull sharks in Koh Tao anymore…..we need to save these species worldwide!
Sharks play a huge role in the oceans as they are at the top of the food chain in virtually every part of every ocean. In that role, they keep populations of other fish healthy and in proper proportion for their ecosystem. The shark species have been around for 100 million years, this means they were about when dinosaurs were roaming the land! Sharks mature slowly, and don’t reach a reproductive age until anywhere from 12 to 15 years old. This, combined with the fact that many species only give birth to one or two pups at a time (not unlike ourselves), means that sharks have great difficulty recovering after their populations have declined.
Every year, up to 73 million sharks are killed for their fins, threatening one-third of open ocean sharks with extinction. Finning is incredibly inhumane, as the sharks are typically thrown back into the water to drown. Sharks are disappearing at an alarming rate, and if they go extinct the ecological consequences would be devastating. As an apex predator, sharks hold the oceans in balance and their extinction would have significant effects on every species below them.
Click image to take you to petition and sign, thank you for saving our sharks!!!