It’s been 9 years, 9 beautiful years during which we’ve been diving, teaching and discovering some of the most beautiful spots in the world.
Before heading to Thailand, we have been working for many years in Dahab, Egypt where we’ve been lucky enough to dive with Hammerhead Sharks.
In 2009, we also went to South Africa to dive on the Aliwal Shoal where we’ve diving with Ragged Tooth and Black Tip sharks.
When we arrived on Koh Tao many years ago, we had the chance to dive with Bull Sharks on our 1st dive in Thailand. Not only these fascinated creature came to say hello, but these beautiful Whale Sharks also seems to love the place!
On the West Coast, it was the time for Leopard Shark and as we speak, there is another Whale Shark which has been seen this morning at Chumphon Pinnacle, one of the most famous dive site in the Gulf of Thailand.
That’s only our story with them, but these amazing fish have been inhabited our oceans for over 400 millions years.
Yes, this week is the Shark Week and let’s hope that all research and progress being made on the protection of the fish in danger won’t stop. They are not dangerous, but IN DANGER.
Researchers state that since 1950’s, some shark population have fallen by 90%. Obviously, there is a big question about the survival of some species.
There is an estimates of 36 millions Shark being slaughtered every year.
Among many other problems, the Shark Fin Soup is a major issue as many Countries are still serving it in their restaurants.
Popular Chef Gordon Ramsay is also supporting the cause and managed to do some progress and stop certain restaurants to serve the soup. Many organizations are doing amazing work but they need support to keep on their progress.
This is an excellent documentary from Gordon Ramsay: Shark Bait.
Not only fantastic and elegant, Sharks also help to maintain the health and abundance of all other marine species. If there is no more sharks, the sea can no longer preserve the actual fish population.
At this rythme, with Sharks being killed more and more, year after year (every year, 5% more) we will eventually have an ocean populated mainly by jellyfish and other invertebrates.
Do you really need a Shark Fin Soup? NO.
While the Shark is still alive, the fins will be cut and the rest of the fish will be thrown back in the ocean. The Shark will die from suffocation or will end up eaten as they cannot move normally anymore.
Here is a link for “Fin-Help End the Horror”. This is really what is happening to the Shark.
Such a great creature, Sharks occupy almost every marine ecosystem. Some of them can even survive in freshwater.
After seeing them from close and looking at our students falling in love with the fish which use to remind them a scary picture, there is no doubt that the support has to keep on going.
Let’s be honest, they are the most endangered species because of the impact of humans.
Have a look at Discover Chanel and what they are also doing for the Shark Week.
David McGuire, USA, involved in Shark research and protection, Shark Fin Ban in California, but also traveling around South East Asia to give information about Shark Conservation and how important it would be to ban Shark Fin Soup. Follow his Blog. http://seaisoursanctuary.blogspot.hk