Tag Archives: whale shark

Calling All Shark-Lovers

30 Aug

Assembly Bill 376, which bans the trade of shark fins, will soon face a critical vote in the California State Senate, and it needs your help.  For the sake of the tens of millions of sharks that are slaughtered every year to make shark fin soup.  For the sake of the millions of people worldwide who rely upon the health of our oceans. Here’s how you can help:

If you live in California:

1) Using this handy tool, enter your zip code, and find out who your state senator is.

2) Dial his/her phone number.

3) Whether someone answers or its a voicemail, tell them your name, your zip code, and that you support Assembly Bill 376 without amendments.

4) Sign our Shark Pledge, which calls upon global leaders to act now to protect our sharks and preserve the health of our oceans.

5) Share this with your family and friends. Use Twitter, Facebook, or whatever platform you have, to spread the word.

If you live elsewhere in the world:

1) Sign our Shark Pledge, which calls upon global leaders to act now to protect our sharks and preserve the health of our oceans.

2) Share this with your family and friends in California. Use TwitterFacebook, or whatever platform you have, to spread the word.

A third of open-ocean shark species are already threatened with extinction.  We can’t afford to wait any longer.

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Whale Shark Swallows Boat Whole…

25 Jul

…not really.

Though this image was not doctored in any way, everyone on the boat is safe and sound.  This photo was taken on a recent trip to Mexico, where WildAid‘s Executive Director, Peter Knights, and a handful of supporters including Sir Richard Branson, swam with hundreds of whale sharks.  Although the whale shark is the biggest fish in the sea (measuring up to 40 ft long), their diet consists mostly of tiny plankton and pose no real threat to humans, who travel from around the world to swim with these gentle giants.

The real threat is to the whale sharks, which are being killed for their fins at an alarming rate.  Fins from an estimated 73 million sharks per year are used to make shark fin soup, an Asian delicacy that can fetch up to $100 USD per bowl.  Since shark fins are considered much more valuable than shark meat, sharks are usually hauled on deck, their fins are sliced off, and the maimed sharks are tossed overboard to drown or bleed to death.  Currently, an estimated 1/3 of pelagic shark species are threatened with extinction.  A recent study by Science examines the negative consequences of removing apex predators, such as sharks, from their ecosystems.

WildAid’s mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes by reducing demand through public awareness campaigns and providing comprehensive marine protection.  We produce public service announcements featuring some of the biggest international stars such as Yao Ming, Harrison Ford, and Jackie Chan.  With help from our media partners and pro bono placements, our message reaches a combined audience of one billion people per week.