@juansharks & #sharkidnikki aka #sharkidsparkles she’s a very special grandma age/size tiger shark we’ve known for well over 10 years now. it is so humbling when she swims up to you and in this photo she’s actually about to close her mouth as she puts her snout into juans hand. some of these big beautiful females seem to seek out contact, it could be curiosity and wanting to sense more about us with their ampullae of lorenzini (the electro-receptive organ, externally seen as the dense clusters of jelly filled pores around her snout.) it’s not a stretch to imagine they (sharks) might be as curious about us as we are of them, they do however unfortunately seem to lose interest in us pretty quickly😉...i’ll never lose interest in them💕
i think a big part of trying to raise awareness for sharks stems not just from trying to stop the shocking volume of devastation but also from the deep concern for the lives of individuals like nikki/sparkles swimming around a gauntlet of human dangers: entanglement from fishing gear or discarded nets or debris, targeted fishing, or death from longline fisheries as by-catch. i know everyone who has had the honor of meeting #tigersharknikki feels the same way. #helpsavesharks don’t let them go extinct. i hope people take the opportunity to join a professional like #juansharks or the team @oneoceandiving to learn about sharks and meet them and see just how incredible they are for yourself. if you’re just not into swimming that’s ok, just realize you still rely on sharks and the ocean and they need your help now more than ever. shark populations are declined by over 90% for most species. some species are now endangered. get involved check out helpsavesharks.org #saveshaks#shark#shark#oneocean#theocean#ocean#juansharks#oceanramsey#discoversharks#discoverocean#oneoceanconservation#oneoceanresearch@oneoceanconservation@oneoceanresearch@oneoceanglobal photo by @mermaid_kayleigh
Photo by @juansharks ❤️ i truly believe that if people had the experiences i’ve had with sharks, or really got to experience what they are like, they would be speaking up and doing anything they could to save them too. but how do we get people to care about another animal they’ve always been told was a monster? the way i’ve found to be most impactful is to help people get into the water and experience for themselves the beauty and truth. replacing fear with scientific facts and experience is powerful but joining me or my safety team in the public shark research program @oneoceandiving in hawaii or one of my other international projects is perhaps not possible for so many people. so i appreciate that images can speak volumes and transcend language barriers to help open a conversation about the plight of sharks and the ocean. luckily my fiancé’s an incredible #sharkphotographer#freediver and #conservationists too 😉❤️ re: this image. this is not a scary moment for me, this is a beautiful moment when a large gorgeous tiger shark (emma) swims up and with her mouth closed gently puts her nose in my hand seemingly seeking connection.
see @juansharks ig for the next image in this sequence.
sharks are being killed at a rate of 70,000,000-100,000,000 per year. a gross and unsustainable number. you can help by combating the demand and supply for #sharkfinsoup in your state/country and helping to ban #sharkfishing wherever you live. freediving with @daniel.hulme#helpsavesharks#savesharks#tigershark#shark#sharks#discoversharks#oneocean#oneoceandiving#ocean tiger shark wetsuit by @xcelwetsuits coming out soon 💙🦈💙