BENEFITING: UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
As a kid, I recall watching Jaws and reading books about sharks. I remember being captivated but mostly frightened. As I grew up my fear has turned more into fascination, with regards to the most misunderstood creature on our planet. I hope to educate everyone, myself included, about the true nature of sharks, with the goal of creating a new respect and appreciation of these amazing creatures.
In March 2013 I will be going on a shark tagging trip with the University of Miami's RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program. These tags help us understand the living patterns of these predators, primarily their breeding patterns. From what we know today, sharks reproduce in small numbers and take a long time to reach sexual maturity. Unfortunately, millions are killed every year primarily to supply the black market of shark's fin soup. I have been guilty of this in the past and I hope with my involvement in this project, I can reach out to the Asian community.
Each shark tag costs $2500 to pay for the tag itself and the satellite tracking data. So often the smile of a dolphin or a fluffy seal pup dominate our attention in the world of marine conservation. So rarely does anyone stand up for those animals that aren't smiling, cute of fluffy.
Your contribution will not be tax deductible but will nevertheless be greatly appreciated. I will be paying for my own trip and 100% of your contribution will go to the purchase of a shark tag. Susan Gerrish (firstname.lastname@example.org) of this program will vouch for me and this project.