Currently, sharks are being finned and fished to near extinction, and their loss may have profound negative effects upon all other organisms within the ocean. In the last 15 years, mankind has depleted shark numbers by up to 80 percent. If something radical is not done soon to help the plight of the shark, it may be too late! Adoptshark is a program of the Southern California based nonprofit group, Iemanya Oceanica, and is dedicated to groundbreaking research and education efforts to save sharks. Their researchers are currently physically placing tracking tags on large sharks to help determine how to best protect them. The information from these tags is transmitted to satellites, and the shark's migration can be tracked. Tagging sharks and rays is one of the most important steps in conservation, helping conservationists understand sharks’ movements and allowing them to protect sharks more effectively.
How can you help? There are several different adoption programs you can be a part of. By contributing to the group’s research, you can adopt a shark and donate towards the placement of those tags. This gift qualifies as a tax deductible donation and each adoption pack comes with a personalized certificate of adoption, pictures of your shark, stickers, a t-shirt, and plenty of fun and educational information about marine conservation. You can also track your shark online. My kids and I were sent a classic shark pack, and they loved it! Stickers and tattoos are always a hit in my house. However, I did enjoy being able to talk about conservation with my kids. This made it a little more real to them. They thought it was very cool that we had a certificate in our name, and that we had a shark that was “ours”.
This is a great gift all around. This is great for the kids who have everything. This is great for kids to teach them about conservation too, and what better than a gift that keeps on giving?