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Friends for Sharks
A marine conservation cause working to support charities and increase worldwide awareness of the plight of sharks
A marine conservation cause working to support charities and increase worldwide awareness of the plight of sharks

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It is World Oceans Day on 8th June and Kathryn is stepping up post-illness by entering a dive trip competition, in which she plans to give a new round of shark conservation talks.

Please consider voting for her - it's as easy as liking her photo in the link in the blog.

This is Kathryn's next recovery step and way of following on from the 87 events we have done so far in 8 countries, which reached 7144 people.

Thanks so much. For the sharks!

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Shark research internships

The University of Miami's Shark Research and Conservation Program are currently accepting applications for their summer internships:

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Unfamiliar situations such as encountering a shark for the first time can be scary, but they don't have to be. With appropriate media coverage that deals with facts and educates others to reduce fear, our perceptions can and do change.

Check out Nick's latest blog about how different countries media response to shark incidents is key to reducing fear and conserving the sharks we love.

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This blog by Marine Dynamics discusses the recent white shark deaths in Gansbaai. It has been a strange season so far for white sharks along the South African coast and this great blog sheds light on what's happening and why.

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Leeanne Ericson, a 35-year-old single mother of 3 daughters, was bitten by a shark off San Onofre Beach at California and is fighting for her life. She is currently in a medically-induced coma and has multiple surgeries and a long recovery ahead of her.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help fund her recovery.

Please consider donating and sharing this cause with friends.

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The Scuba News is looking for new/experienced writers to share their scuba adventures, marine life profiles, kit reviews, diving tips and ocean conservation initiatives. Did we also mention they love stories about sharks?

With their growing network of regional editions around the globe, this is a great time to get involved and gain some online exposure.

If you're interested in sharing your stories* and/or being pitched ideas to help improve your writing skills and share your passion for the oceans, get in touch!

*Just like this awesome little nudibranch, no story is too small for consideration.

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A very happy day seeing this shark conservation article for Forest & Bird in print. With over 70,000 members/readers, this will go some way to spreading the shark conservation message.

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This juvenile whale shark was rescued from entanglement in a gillnet in India. A beautiful moment and a gorgeous little shark.

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A world renowned surfer has sparked controversy by calling for shark culling around Reunion Island.

Water users and shark attack victims are often vocal shark conservation supporters but this latest discussion has been prompted by a fatal incident earlier this week.

Kelly Slater commented "there needs to be a serious cull on Reunion and it should happen every day,".

Culling is controversial enough on its own as research shows it does nothing to reduce the chance of incidents in a given area. It is also detrimental to the ecosystem.

Reunion is in a shark dense region and, considering its size, receives a fairly high proportion of incidents.

Authorities on the island have tried to mitigate these events by declaring areas where sharks are especially prevalent as out of bounds for human activities.

This week's fatality occurred in one such area - as have a number (if not the majority) of other fatalities in recent years.

While our condolences go to family and friends affected by these deaths it can be difficult to summon sympathy for the victim themselves when their choice to break rules and warnings aimed at protecting them has resulted in the loss of their life. It could also be thought to be selfish and thoughtless for others to use such an incident to call for the slaughter of wild animals which have no fault in the event. We shouldn't punish the sharks for being where we knew they were.

Should we be debating the effectiveness or not of culling?

Or should we perhaps be debating how to enforce the rules/warnings that are in place which people are breaking?

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Fins Up for #sharks...even at our #wedding! Happy Holidays from us both at Friends for Sharks.
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