International Whale Shark Day
The bunnies have Easter all sorted and Rudolph is Christmas, so it’s only right that Rudolph’s favorite fish, the whale shark gets a piece of the cherry.
International Whale Shark Day was created to raise awareness and celebrate these incredible sea-dwelling animals. As their numbers decline, we need to conserve and protect the whale shark. These gentle giants, which are a fascination for marine biologists and aquatic enthusiasts alike, must be protected and increased. This is International Whale Shark Day.
The beauty and intelligence of whale sharks is amazing. They are now in danger. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), they are one of the most endangered marine animals.
Are they sharks or whales? Are they whales? A whale shark can also be called a shark. Let’s clarify this first. A whale shark is actually the largest living shark species on Earth. They can reach up to 14 meters long and weigh an average of 12 tons. Despite their size, their teeth measure only six millimeters long.
Whale sharks have unique patterns, which is one of their most remarkable facts. A whale shark’s skin is unique just like a person’s fingerprint. Researchers can use this information to identify and track a whale shark.
Whale sharks are vulnerable because they can only move at shallow depths and move slowly in the sea. They prefer to swim in shallow waters, around 50 meters deep, even though they can dive to depths of up to 1,000 metres. They can swim approximately five kilometers an hour. They are very vulnerable to being caught in fishing nets or ship collisions.
International Whale Shark Day was established in 2012. Whale sharks can grow up to 14m long and weigh 12 tons. Their faces are so beautiful that a mother would love them. The day serves a very important purpose: to bring awareness to how the animal was hunted to extinction for its highly sought-after fins and meat.
The IUCN reclassified the whale shark in 2016 as an endangered species. Some estimates suggest that only tens to thousands of these sharks live in the wild. There are many reasons whale shark populations are declining. Hunting plays a significant role. There are cases where whale sharks collide with boats and sharks get trapped in fishing gear. Products made from whale sharks in some regions of Asia are very popular.
Plastic is a threat to all ocean life. Plastics from waste end up in our oceans. The possibility of ingesting plastic by a whale shark can lead to serious health problems. The whale may die from starvation if it can’t eat any more. It is easy to see why so many whale sharks’ lives are at risk and why we must do our part to help protect these endangered species.
Why not show solidarity and support our finned friends on International Whale Shark Day? You can go to the coast and see a whale, or bake a fish cake. Do not watch Jaws, no matter what you do.
International Whale Shark Day can be observed in many ways. You could educate others about the whale sharks and increase awareness through your online presence. This is true regardless of whether you use social media or have your own blog. We need to spread awareness about the issue to ensure that everyone can make an effort to save these animals. You will find many infographics and other content to share with family and friends.
There are many charities and organizations that exist to help these whales. There are many ways to get involved. Donating to any organization will be appreciated greatly, as they rely on donations. Volunteering your time is also an option. Volunteer to work for the organization to learn more about the whale Shark.
You can also help these amazing animals by reducing your plastic use and recycling responsibly. This issue can also be raised. You can also help to reduce the plastic waste in the oceans. This will not only help the whale sharks but all marine life. You will be amazed at the extent of this problem and how it has caused so much destruction. You will hear terrible stories of marine animals who have been killed by plastic.
These amazing animals can also be viewed online. You can find many amazing photos of whale sharks online. These photos are simply breathtaking. These photos can be shared on social media. The incredible appearance of the whale Shark is sure to attract the attention of many people. You can also use this opportunity to educate them about this amazing species.