Highlight of my trip! I didn't go for any dives this time so I didn't think I was gonna get to see any sharks. Until one afternoon, we were swimming and saw a long grey creature swim swiftly past and was like GASP WAS THAT A BABY SHARK?! I THINK IT WAS. OMG THEY COME HERE TO FEED! WE NEED TO FIND MORE!
So that night, we went to the dock and waited. There were loads of fishies there, surely the baby sharks will come to feed. This one in the video was the first baby shark to appear (sorry for my over excitement. lol). Then there were 2, 3, 4 and plenty more! I was squealing in excitement for the most part but then after I calmed myself down (cos the sharks probably got annoyed by the noise. they can hear over 200 meters after all), I just sat there and watched them. So beautiful, so quick, so intelligent.
Sharks are crucial in keeping the balance of our marine ecosystem. It's really sad that they are being killed for their fins for shark fin soup, something that isn't important for human survival or health. Some even get killed by having just their fins cut off, then have their carcasses thrown back into the ocean. The increasing slaughter means many shark species are nearly extinct! Almost 100 million sharks are killed each year. 😞
We can start small to help and it's as simple as being educated on the importance of sharks and what's happening to them. Hopefully then, you can inspire others to jump on board to understand and do their part too.
Another way is to dive with sharks. Heehee! This will first of all, help increase ecotourism and thus fund efforts to save and protect them. But of course, make sure you look into this carefully and choose countries that are really taking the time to protect their sharks and other animals. For example, Palau, which was the first place in the world to create a shark sanctuary. 🦈 [CNTD BELOW]