As Shark Week has come to a close, we are happy to release the complete Swimming with Whale Sharks video.
Whale sharks are the largest shark—and fish—in the world. They feed on plankton, microscopic organisms in the generally pelagic water. However, like many marine organisms, they face pressure from overfishing, plastic pollution, and global warming. As mentioned in our previous post, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Convention on International Trade In Endangered Species (CITES) both list the whale shark as a threatened species.
For this cleanup, we took to the shores of the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana! We were able to find plenty of trash, ranging from the usual plastic water bottle to other more uncommon articles such as nets.
Previously, we had visited New Orleans and noticed the issue, but this was the first time we decided to do something about it.
This past Friday, we went out approximately 50 kilometers off the coast of Cancún (México ) to swim with whale sharks. Whale sharks are the largest fish in the world and can grow up to nearly 13 meters (40 feet ) long. As such, we kept a respectful distance during the dive.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN ) and Convention on International Trade In Endangered Species (CITES ), whale sharks are a threatened species. While much information on the whale shark is uncertain, such as breeding areas and total population, they remain an important and beautiful part of their ecosystem.
I made an entry into the 2019 Breakthrough Junior Challenge, where students from 13 to 18 years old make a 3 minute-or-less long video about a sciences, math, or physics concept. For more information, feel free to check out their website here!
For my entry, I decided to do a summary of how ocean acidification affects our coral reefs. This is a very important issue and one that I hope to continue talking about in future posts and videos.
As we celebrate World Oceans Day this 2019, I would like to make some announcements!
World Oceans Day is about raising awareness about how important the ocean is in our lives. Most of all, it is about protecting the ocean, because if we do not take care of the ocean, it will not take care of us.
Turning the Tide has several updates coming up, and I am very excited to work on each and every one of them. Several of these projects have been in the works for a few weeks and are coming together. We will go over them in the upcoming days in various posts. Stay tuned!