I’ve recently discovered “Extreme Bucket List“, a great blog focusing on unique aspects of adventure. As I was reading the interesting Bucket List adventures, I asked myself: “What is on my life list?”.
Among my many life goals, diving the Top 10 dive sites of the world made it to the top of the list! There are so many stunning places I’m dreaming of visiting to encounter some of the most amazing sea creatures!
Diving in the Maldives with the majestic Manta Ray for example, or South Africa to encounter the misunderstood Great White shark ; or experiencing the magic of the Galapagos to observe schooling of Scalloped Hammerhead sharks and gentle Whale Sharks, or simply diving in the UK for a chance to see the harmless and very rare Basking shark.
Unfortunately, the more I wait to tick these adventures off my bucket list the less chance I have to make these dreams come true! Why? Simply because:
- Shark and ray populations have seriously declined over the past thirty years.
- Great White sharks, Basking Sharks and Whale Sharks are listed as endangered species on the IUCN Red List.
- Scalloped Hammerhead sharks have been fished and finned to near extinction, their numbers dropping around 95 percent across the world.
- An alarming rise in the trade of Manta and Mobula ray hunting has put the existence of the species under serious threat.
- Each year, up to 73 million sharks are killed primarily for their fins, threatening one-third of open ocean sharks with extinction.
Unless more effective and enforceable protection measures are implemented to save these species, these beautiful sharks and many others such as Blue sharks and Porbeagle will become extinct. We must ensure that sharks are around for ocean health and the future generations.
I can’t imagine an ocean without sharks. Can you? Sadly, this seems more likely by the day as our oceans witness a rapid and global rise in unsustainable shark fishing.
It’s high time to take action and rally support for shark conservation! It’s time to demand policy changes to secure protections for the most vulnerable shark species. I have joined the movement of divers protecting the ocean planet one dive at a time. Will you join me?
- The Countdown to Secure Trade Protection for Sharks Starts NOW (myoceannews.wordpress.com)
- Scalloped hammerhead shark has a new twin (msnbc.msn.com)