This week is Shark Week for the Dutch Caribbean Islands. This includes the islands of Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, Saba, St. Eustatius, and St. Maarten. We are lucky on the island of St. Maarten to have a very active Nature Foundation that has set up some activities for the week. This includes some presentations and opportunities to assist in shark tagging. If you are interested in joining the shark dives on Saturday and Sunday you can contact Ocean Explorers Dive Center (stmaartendiving.com). What I would like to dedicate this post to are some of the easiest things you can do to help protect and defend sharks!
Number 1 most simple way to help protect sharks:
Share your photos and experiences on social media. There are ridiculous amounts of people that are still terrified of sharks. This is mostly due to media sensation that happens when a shark bite occurs.
Reduce, reuse, and recycle- One of the major problems facing all marine life is the increasing amount of pollution in the ocean. By limiting your use of plastics you are protecting sharks, the ocean, the planet all around being a great person.
Avoid using shark products! This includes but is not limited to: SHARK FIN SOUP (aka. One of the cruelest things humans do to animals), cosmetics that use shark products (look for the word squalene), shark or ray meat, shark teeth and jaws.
These are some of the most basic ways you can help protect sharks. Please watch for more information and links to organizations that will help you do your part in protection and conservation of these amazing creatures.
Photo credit (both photos): Jeferson Techera, Ocean Explorers Dive Center, St. Maarten