We did it! Swim for Sharks III a great success on September 1st, 2014!
Support the Shark Sanctuary campaign by sponsoring a Dolphin Club Swimmer, swimming for the Sharks! Joe Locke- Swim for Sharks winning time, and Farallon Record holder.
On October 19, 2012 twelve intrepid swimmers from the world famous Dolphin Club braved the rough, chilly and shark (un) infested waters of the San Francisco Bay to swim 3.5 miles around the infamous Alcatraz Island to raise awareness for sharks.
We repeated the swim on October 25, 2013 in strong currents to raise funds supporting our science internship. That student is moving onto graduate school in marine policy.
This year we did it again on Labor Day, September 1, 2014. Read more here. You can join the swimmers vicariously or join our celebration by supporting a swimmer on the Indiegogo crowdrise camapign. The proceeds will be used to support an undergraduate science intern assisting us with the Shark Sanctuary campaign.
Why swim for Sharks?
Many species of sharks are threatened worldwide. One third of pelagic shark species are classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Nearly 25% of all sharks, skates and rays are classified as threatened on the IUCN Red List. Sharks are important for the health and the balance fo our oceans.
Help support our shark conservation cause by sponsoring a swimmer and helping protect sharks from extinction.
The Swimmers Dispel the Myth Every Day
Over the 29 years (1934-1963) that Alcatraz Federal prison operated, 36 men were involved in 14 separate escape attempts. Twenty-three were caught, six were shot and killed during their escape, and two presumed drowned. Not one was killed by a shark.
Share the thrill of this adventure and learn that sharks are endangered and not as dangerous as we think.
WHY SWIM FOR SHARKS?
The myth that sharks live in the bay is not entirely untrue, although we choose the term "inhabit" instead of "infest." The purpose of this swim is to demonstrate that although there have been millions of hours spent in the San Francisco Bay waters, there has never been a confirmed shark attack in the San Francisco Bay by these sharks. For over a century Dolphin Club rowers and swimmers have shared the water with the denizens of the deep without harm. However, humans are killing sharks by the millions and many species including our local Great White Sharks are threatened with extinction. Learn more at our Sharktoberfest events or join the Dolphin Club.*
Help us save endangered shark species by swimming with the sharks, fundraising or volunteering!
Swim to begin near slack tide, 7:00 AM. 11:00AM cutoff.
Sponsor a swimmer and receive some great perks, and the satisfaction that you are protecting endangered sharks.**
*(All swimmers must belong to the Dolphin Club. Event not an official swim of the Dolphin Club)
** Donations made to Shark Stewards are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by the law.