Shark Week!!!

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shark        Well, we had shark week last week and so much has been learned by marine biologists. They all work very hard to protect shark life and all marine life in our vast and amazingly beautiful undersea world.

I always enjoyed watching ocean life on Discovery and other channels but never really understood the importance of sharks until I started watching Shark Week a few years ago. I used to think, “fish just eat each” or “if sharks attack people why do we need them. Let them die off.” Such ignorance on my part. 

Or am I just unknowledgeable about ocean life? Me and thousands of other people.

Like most people, I had many concerns and questions regarding the shark attacks on people along the shorelines around the world. There are many reasons this is happening in recent years, more so than ever before. I can’t possibly list them all, you would have to do the research yourself, or better yet…..Watch Discovery Channel!!

But what scares us about sharks? I know what scares me…I can’t see underneath the water. I don’t know what’s under my feet and that terrifies me as well as their size, teeth, blood, loss of limbs and life. They are big and we are small. They are only protecting their home. Same as we would do if someone were to break into our houses. Be it a gun or a bat and dialing 911. Wouldn’t you do the same? Most of us would protect ourselves and our family.

They want food and they are curious, we are in their home, making noise and splashing, global warming and environmental changes as well as abuse by people who fish and exploit these sharks. They take what they want from the sharks and leave them to die in the ocean. Or they fish them for money. These fish and mammals need to be respected.

Our oceans need to be protected to preserve ocean life. To remove any part of any marine life would upset the balance. Each feed off each other which causes each species to continue to grow. That is the natural order of things. If this doesn’t happen, there would be too much of one species and not much of others. If their lives were protected, underwater species would flourish. Like they do in Cuba and Cocos Island near Costa Rica. Underwater life is gorgeous!

https://newsroom.fit.edu/2018/07/27/florida-techs-toby-daly-engel-featured-on-shark-week-show/

What really blew my mind this week is DNA. The above link will tell you the story. The marine team was able to get DNA from the sharks. What they discovered was unbelievable.  

….to determine whether great white sharks in Vizcaino Bay in Baja, Mexico, were related as parent-offspring or siblings to the sharks in Guadalupe Island, about 240 miles west of the bay….

They discovered that within the young pup sharks in that area, there were 2 sets of sibling pup sharks. A brother and a sister and two brothers. The best part of this is that these sets of siblings were born at different times AND to the same mother and father shark! Are sharks monogamous?  How do they find each other again? Do they return to that same area to give birth each time? Amazing. 

This is just one step closer to understanding what goes on beneath our ocean’s surface. The more they learn, the more we understand which will help sharks feed in their natural waters and maybe find a way to protect all species as well as people who visit their waters along the shorelines. 

They live so we can live. It’s a beautiful world. 

 

 

 

 

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