Ok, so yes, this week is supposed to be Beauty Junkie Week (and it still is), but it’s also Shark Week and given that I’m a huge animal lover, sharks get some love this week too.
Growing up I actually wanted to be a Marine Bioligist so I could study and work with sharks. I think they’re amazing creatures and kinda cute.
Is that weird?
Also, this post is also coming after seeing that insanely maddening video of the 4 assholes in Florida who tied up a shark behind the boat and took off at full speed.
Anyway, because I feel that sharks are so insanely misunderstood and mistreated, I’m dedicating this post to them and how we can help save them.
If you’re not a shark fan, continue reading anyway, because I’m going to share a couple of fun facts about these guys and convert you.
Mmmmk? Here we go:
1. To protect its eyes, sharks will roll them all the way back into their heads if under attack. (Wish I could do that just to really show how bored or annoyed I am with someone)
2. Shark fin soup is a FASHION in China and is served at important events, like weddings and anniversaries. When dried, the fins take on a texture and shape similar to noodles. According to tradition, longer noodles mean a longer life when you eat them. There’s a downside, though — finning leads to the deaths of 73 million sharks every year.
3. Most shark species are at the top of the marine food web, so making sure they survive is crucial to maintaining balance in the ocean.
4. They have survived 5 massive planet extinction events. These extinction events killed most life on earth. The last one around 65 million yeas ago killed the dinosaurs. But not sharks. (Crazy)
5. Sharks’ livers contain lots of oil. This makes the liver a relatively buoyant organ, which helps sharks keep their balance in the water.
6. Blue sharks are among the most threatened species of sharks in the world. Trade in shark fins and overfishing have caused them to decline so rapidly that scientists worry about their future recovery.
7. You’re more likely to die from a falling coconut, than a shark attack.
8. Sharks’ skeletons are made entirely of cartilage, an elastic tissue that is much softer than bones. When a shark dies, salt from the ocean water completely dissolves its skeleton, leaving only the shark’s teeth behind.
9. Unfortunately due to overfishing and shark finning, some population of certain shark species have been hunted down by approximately 90%.
10. Researchers have discovered common objects, like tires, gasoline tanks and license plates, left in one piece inside the stomachs of tiger sharks.
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So you see, we have to do all we can to save the sharks.
+ 4Ocean is my newest favorite group. For every item sold on their site, 1 pound of trash is removed from the ocean. And, with the trash they collect, they recycle it and make it into these beautiful bracelets.
+ Check out Shark Trust to make a donation, adopt a shark, volunteer, start a fundraiser, or help raise awareness.
+ Adopt a Great White Shark through the World Wildlife Foundation . 85% of your donation goes to conservation.
+ purchase a cute tee from SandCloud and 10% of the sale goes to helping all marine life.
Ok, my lunch break at work is ending, so I have to run, BUT, share this post to raise awareness or consider donating. Even $5 helps 🦈