I’m not sure about you all but Discovery’s Shark Week has been a must watch for as long as I can remember. I know I’m not the only child that was obsessed with these large, deadly creatures. Strong, sleek and having remained mostly unchanged for millions of years completely entranced my brain, and I have to admit they still do. As someone who studied archeology for almost the entirety of my life, I wanted to know as much as possible.
In comes my discovery of Shark Week. Watching these massive creatures soar through the air or chomp using teeth as big as my fingers would and should have anyone interested. But, as I got older and started doing research of my own – I discovered that Shark Week wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be. Toting a message of conservation and knowledge, quite the opposite was happening. Instead of bringing scientists on to discuss their findings of shark habits, they are only recorded during ‘close calls’ and potential shark attacks. Instead of showing the capabilities of sharks jumping out of the water naturally – instead the sharks are lured out using rubber decoys which give them no sustenance.
The more I started to read, the angrier I became with the programming. So instead of tuning in, I decided to celebrate Shark Week another way. I purchase products directly from people looking to save sharks from human threats and pollution. This year was made extra special because Lush partnered up to support healthy oceans. With an adorable shark fin soap, proceeds are sent directly to the Rob Stewart Sharkwater Foundation.
Above all, finding fun and exciting ways to spread information of ways in which we can actively help these creatures is what is important. Throw a shark themed party with informational trivia and games that can be played.
We all can enjoy the drama of a shark attack show or movie, but remember to keep in mind that the real animal is a threatened species and there are so many ways that you can help from the comfort of your own home.