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I'm just a below average girl working towards a long-desired dream! This blog is to mainly record my experiences as I work towards my goal of (hopefully) becoming a marine biologist and also some neat pictures that I admire. *Q* Enjoy yourself!  Marine Life Enthusiast(s) Swimming By!

Beneath the Waves?

sharkhugger:

HUGGERS… meet the Shy Shark!  THIS IS A THING!  THIS IS REALLY A THING….! 

450 millions years of evolution and 'if i can't see it, it can't hurt me' is the best they could come up with!  WAY too adorable!  

You know, there are so many other jawsome sharks out there - shark week shouldn’t just focus on the white shark.  I love a good breach as much as the next shark lover, but these guys are too cute!  <3

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July 29, 2014 08:57 AM by Ocean Explorers St. Maarten on Flickr.

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A Heavy Splash by Nicholas Ferrary on Flickr.

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Ornate Wobbie by PacificKlaus on Flickr.

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Hatchling, Amelia Island, Florida by DawnaMoorePhotography on Flickr.

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Two Pacific white sided dolphins surfing the stern wake in Broughton Archipelago, British Columbia by Shane Keena on Flickr.

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With my love and passion for sharks as big as it is, surely I would be excited for Shark Week as anyone else would be! Shark Week is a good chance for the public to learn more about sharks—however, as the long-anticipated week approaches, I’ve been seeing a lot of these articles around than I usually would expect.

Although these articles briefly mention the fact that shark attacks are fairly rare, these important concepts are not the main objective of the article. Rather, these articles seem to focus on continuing to feed the public about the on-going reputation of the shark today as a man-eater.

With that said, this can also refer to this year’s infamous “Shark Week” as well. Although it’s a good opportunity to shine light on sharks, keep in mind that the media feeds off of people’s attention and interests. Documentaries stating fact simply do not cut it anymore as Discovery Channel’s Shark Week strives to entertain the public more and more every year by putting in action packed videos of jumping sharks, re-enactments of shark attacks, and others of the like. 

So please take the information given on this year’s Shark Week with a grain of salt! I expect that many of their programs will focus more on sharks and their interactions with humans rather than doing any “proper” educating. You never know, but it’d be great for people to keep this in mind and do more research before assuming you’re an automatic “shark expert” for watching shark week!

Thanks for reading!

Article Credits: i. / ii. / iii.

(Source: lifeofafuturemarinebiologist)

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Arise! by George Probst on Flickr.

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A great white shark’s version of going to a zoo by George Probst on Flickr.

lifeofafuturemarinebiologist:

Hello! Just a heads up that the Western Australia Shark Cull is still on-going! WA’s state government has proposed to extend their catch-and-kill policies to national authorities, in which EPA (Environmenal Protection Agency) is currently reviewing.

Sharks are an important part of our environment and are extremely crucial to the ocean’s ecosystems! Please spread the word that this is STILL on-going, it’s not over yet, and we need to stop them!

Here are some things you can do to help!

Petitions You Can Sign:

i. / ii. / iii. / iv.

What you can do:

i. Write to WA government officials! Let them know that you are displeased with the cull and express your concerns! If you aren’t from Australia, send them an email anyways—state that you will not visit Australia or will have no interest in doing so until they lift the ban. 

WA believes that the shark cull will not deter people from visiting—in fact, they believe that it will encourage more people to visit! Let them know that this is not true!

People you can write to:

The Honorable Colin James Barnett, Premier of Western Australia

 24th Floor, Governor Stirling Tower

197 St Georges Terrace

Perth, WA 6000

Australia

Telephone: +61 8 6552-5000 / Fax: (08) 6552-5001

Email: wa-government@dpc.wa.gov.au

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The Honorable W. R. Marmion, Minister for Environment

29th Floor, Allendale

Perth, WA 6000

Australia

Telephone: +61 8 6552-6800 / Fax: (08) 6552-6801

e-Mail: Minister.Marmion@dpc.wa.gov.au

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ii. Educate yourself and others! Not a lot of people are aware of this issue as they should be—if people side with the issue, don’t be angry with them! Ask why, they’re most likely misinformed and unaware that sharks aren’t actually that dangerous to humans! Hopefully they will listen and agree with you then.

That’s all I have for now, I think! If you have any other recommendations or suggestions, please feel free to add on! Thanks for reading!

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A diver sedates a shark by flipping it upside down to remove a hook protruding from its mouth. Friends Cameron Nimmo and Randy Jordan have made it their mission to help sharks that have been pierced with fishing hooks and remove them from their mouths, noses, and bodies.

The hooks are often left in the sharks after being caught and released by fishermen. The pair, who go by the name Shark Addicts, came across a 6ft Silky shark while swimming off the coast of Jupiter in Florida, USA earlier this month. During the encounter Randy gently turns the shark upside down while Cameron removes the hook. Randy, who also runs Emerald Charter boat tours, says on average about 75 percent of the ten to twenty sharks they encounter have hooks in them.

The pair hope their videos will raise awareness about sharks’ precarious position in the ecosystem and show that humans pose more of a threat to them than they do to us.

Videographer / Director: Candid, Producer: Samantha Grillo, Editor: Joshua Douglas.

(Source: Yahoo!)

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Young male great white shark mid-turn by George Probst on Flickr.