Yep, still hosting shark week! It’s been so fun getting ready and researching sharks! Our activities are just little ways that we can contribute to sharing conservation knowledge. I may never get to be a real host on Shark Week, but I hope I’ve helped open a few minds to the greatness of sharks!
If you’re a recreational diver, a lot of conservation societies offer you a chance to help out and count sharks for their research efforts. Unfortunately, living in Dallas, I am not a recreational diver… but I am a recreational shopper. So Giselle and I took to the mall to “count sharks” – for research of course! And guess what? We only found one shark item. We can’t let the sharks disappear!
More and more shark species are becoming endangered. As the apex predator of the ocean, sharks are super important for preserving the natural food chain. Sharks also love feeding on floating dead animals, which while gross, is super helpful for cleaning up the ocean. Losing sharks means losing lots of other things in our oceans, including the coral reefs and other beautiful ecosystems.
My cohost Giselle’s birthday is today, so we’d thought it’d be the perfect time to talk about how old sharks are! Giselle isn’t super into birthdays so I let shark week takeover her birthday too- which means a shark cake!
There are shark teeth from over 400 million years ago – that’s crazy! That’s twice as old as the freaking dinosaurs! Sharks also generally live a much longer lifespan than other marine life. They grow just as old as humans do, about 75 years. But some shark species have even longer lifespans – there’s a Greenland shark that is at least 272 years old!
Well, we had to mention tagging if we’re talking about conservation, right? I got us our own cool “tags” but do you know why sharks are tagged in the first place? Researchers tag sharks to see where they spend their time and to follow their swim paths.