This Tuesday you may have been bombarded by emails from causes asking for money, but not from us. We will not beg, but we will give. We are giving thanks and giving back by working to increase marine protection in California and in Hawai’i. We are working in Washington DC to protect sharks in California and the USA.
We are grateful that in 2021 we saw the reintroduction of the California Driftnet Ban and the US Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act: two acts of legislation that Shark Stewards have been involved with since 2013. We are actively supporting the establishment of two new cultural and national marine sanctuaries with NOAA.
Thank you for staying with us fighting for sharks and protecting the ecosystems they thrive in, and humans require for our survival. Saving sharks protects human health. Please join our team nurturing ocean health by saving sharks today and for the future.
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This month while we are developing Shark Watch Kona applying pattern matching AI technology to Tiger Sharks with the Shark Research Institute, our friend at I Am Aquatic, Deron Verbeck cooly collected a video of a large white shark while freediving off the coast of Kona. This female, approximately 15 feet, is likely wintering at the islands feeding on humpback whales and other marine mammals.
We know from satellite tagging studies that most adult white sharks migrate from the mainland to the central north Pacific annually, including Hawai’i and the Papahānaumokuākea National Marine Monument (PNMM) –read about increased proposed protection in the PNMM under the Sanctuary Acthere and attend the roundtable under events. Pregnant white shark females migrate east to birth in the warm waters of Southern California and Baja California, Mexico, but as ancient Hawai’ian lore tells us, a few large white sharks winter in the Aloha state. In their own Sharktober, Tiger sharks migrate from the PNMM south to the main islands each fall, much to our divers delight!
These and other observations are added to our international database at the California Academy of Sciences using iNaturalist. Shark Watch is a community science program with global education, science and conservation reach, including individual shark ID and shark movements. We are also recording targeted catch and release, and catch and kill in the Shark Watch CA program. Add your observations on iNaturalist or to Shark Watch CA.
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