The ocean is a beautiful and devastatingly wild ecosystem, one where we as humans, are not the apex predators. it’s also a place of evolution, disturbance, and shifting regulation in the constant quest for ecological balance. marine populations ebb and flow, although most recently in time, this fluctuation is due to negative anthropogenic impacts. it’s critical for humans to understand and respect these changes, and as a result, to alter or evolve our own actions to follow suit. if certain swimming beaches or surf breaks are in the midst of this natural regulation, and have become home to growing or stabilizing populations of marine creatures like white sharks or seals, then perhaps it’s time to focus your ocean activities in other areas. it is their home, and we have no right to blame, cull, nor vilify wild animals that are simply, rightfully existing within the boundaries of their own natural habitat. when we start bending and breaking ecosystems or animals to fit into our mold of what they should be, or how they should serve us, we create waves of disruption and devastation that can last for centuries. acquiesce that the ocean is not ours to change, but ours to respect, to research, and to conserve. #respectsharks
oh sharky when you breach like that, you make researchers go mad. to get one, a good one, a left and right hand side pic of your dorsal 😂🦈🎶.
a sharks dorsal fin is unique to the individual much like a human fingerprint. as a result of this, studies can be conducted to assess population size by means of fin photo identification. the objective of our chum shifts are to coax the shark out of the water in order to obtain an adequate photograph of both the left and right hand side of its dorsal fin. (we have no intention of feeding the sharks whatsoever, just to excite them into breaching out of the water). i’ve turned the audio off in these videos, but i can promise you that 90% of the time all you can hear me saying is “hello babies!”, “ahhh, look how beautiful you are!”, “love me!”, “this is literally the highlight of my life, i couldnt imagine ever doing anything else”, and also making up parody songs about sharks every 5 minutes 😂🙈.
i have honestly never had such a profound love and appreciation for anything else in my entire life, and i am so incredibly lucky to have found my passion so young. i cant wait to dedicate the rest of my life to shark conservation and working towards changing the way the rest of the world perceives them. sharks truly are such incredible creatures and they deserve to be respected and acknowledged for the keystone species that they are, and the important ecological roles that they play within our marine ecosystem.
“you should be afraid if you are in the ocean and you don’t see sharks.” - sylvia earle🌊🙌🏼 sharks keep ecosystems is balance and in check. taking them out of the food chain will cause the overpopulation of some species and the extinction of others. let’s learn to #coexist 👍🏼📸 @maik_burghardt@perrinjames1@sharkgirlmadison
Did you know that the bahamas is a shark sanctuary? this means that #sharks are not to be fished, harmed or harassed in any way! this is because they are key to the health of our oceans and to the health of fish we love eating. don’t believe the silly hyperbole of how gravely dangerous they are to humans - we k**l 100 million of them each year, while out of the billions of people in the world, they only k**l 6 of us! they should be more afraid of us that we are of them.
a main contributor to the millions of sharks being killed each year is #sharkfinning for shark fin soup. shark finning is a horrible fishing practice where only the fins of a shark are harvested and the rest of the shark is discarded back into the sea - most of the time they are alive when thrown back!
. @respect_the_fin is a cool title group that i came across on instagram that advocates against this fishery. i saw their hat and had to have it. respect sharks and their importance. respect the fin! #respectthefin#sharkconservation#sharksanctuary
The animal kingdom is a balanced system of predator and prey – when one vanishes, the entire thing gets disrupted. and with sharks being one of the longest-living animals on the earth, their presence is key for maintaining the ocean and life on land as we know it. #respectsharks#respectthefin#coexist 📸: @jferrara_photo