Although She Shark is normally about Saving Jaws here on Martha's Vineyard, we always have time to help our other finned friends whenever possible! Azi has some pointed questions, not just for the Miami Seaquarium, but Miami-Dade government as well. I would LOVE to connect with Gov. DeSantis! I know how much he loves the Vineyard! (ha!)
Joking aside, She Shark is committed to putting an end to the atrocious abuse of marine animals. They were not meant to be captive slaves with an exhausting roll call, day after day. The health--physical as well as emotional--of Li'i is paramount, and we need to get on the road and do this! In person! If I can make a difference, I want to try. We are driving my car down, and need money for gas, lodging..travelling things! Mostly, we will be using our own money, but we can't afford to fund the whole trip. We are hoping fellow marine animal lovers--from dolphins, to sharks, to whales--will help us uncover the truth about Lolita, the future of Li'i, and the rest of the captives at the MSQ. Please, your help is urgently needed!
PETA has this plea up as well!!
"Please politely urge The Dolphin Company—the owner of the Miami Seaquarium—to follow through with plans to release Li’i to a seaside sanctuary and to do the same for all the other dolphins at the facility."
They are asking that you email Mr. Albour privately, like I always tell you!! x
Please click the button below if you want to help save our underwater allies! We need money for gas, food, shelter, and emergencies. As I said, we are footing most of the bill, but we do need help with the 1500-mile (one way) trip down and back. Even $5 helps! Thanks! Azi~x.
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This is the first fetal ultrasound of a pregnant Tiger shark! Using brand-new technology that he helped to invent, Dr. James Sulikowski, renowned marine biologist and shark expert, caught this image of a baby Tiger inside the mom's womb. This is not an easy feat! Dr. Shark (as he is known), has to be in the water with the mom, and whoever else might be swimming with her! He then uses a long probe to stroke her abdomen and catch th image, leaving mama unharmed and on her way. AMAZING! To see more, watch "Mothersharkers" on Discovery +. You can find more info on Dr. Sulikowski and his endeavors at sites.google.com/view/sulikowskilab/donations. Below is the link to the paper he recently published in Science Advance!
None of these sharks are "Man-Eaters". NO sharks are Man-Eaters! Humans are not a food source for any species of shark, and they don't hunt us down. "Jaws" was a movie, total fiction. If you swim in the ocean a lot, you may have come into contact with a shark already, and never even knew it! The video below shows a group of teenaged boys who don't even notice that a massive White shark has decided to join them! (Her behavior is described as clearly predatory, even though she is not circling them, not stalking, and it looks as though she is merely curious and wants to hang out! She doesn't even follow them when they head for shore.) Sharks don't have hands, and their dorsal and pectoral fins (see below) are not long enough to reach out and touch anything. So, much like human toddlers who put everything in their mouths, when curiosity gets the better of them, they use their teeth. There are literally thousands of videos online showing peaceful interactions between sharks and humans!
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Most sharks here seem to prefer the south shore of the Island. The beaches all along the bottom part of this map are included in the southern shores. They have the biggest surf, but also the nastiest undertow, and its currents can pull a weak swimmer right under. Lucy Vincent Beach, in Chilmark (bottom left), has clay and sandy cliffs that are filled with shark's teeth, although not as much these days, due to erosion. Megalodon teeth have been found here, so it's clearly been a shark favorite for a while!
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On Wednesday afternoon (3/29/2023), the Center for Coastal Studies Marine Animal Entanglement Response (MAER) team removed 200 feet of entangling rope from a North Atlantic right whale found in Cape Cod Bay. The whale currently remains entangled. As part of its response, the MAER team outfitted the whale’s remaining wraps with a telemetry tracking buoy and is monitoring information received from the buoy and the weather in the hopes there can be another opportunity for further disentanglement attempts.
Earlier in the day the MAER team came across the badly entangled right whale in the Bay feeding within a large aggregation of right whales. The whale, identified as #4545, is a female who was first discovered entangled south of Nantucket in February. The MAER team could not respond to the whale at that time due to the distance and the lack of daylight. All that could be discerned about her entanglement was that she had a long length of heavy rope caught through her mouth. Since then, the entanglement has developed into a highly complex and lethal one, with multiple wraps around her body and likely also her flippers.
During the MAER team’s Wednesday response, the team removed the 200 feet of very thick rope from her entanglement and attached a small telemetry buoy to facilitate tracking before losing the daylight. The team will be looking for very good weather conditions to attempt what will likely be a difficult and complicated disentanglement. Such conditions are rare this time of year, but the team is hopeful that there will be another opportunity.
Scott Landry, director of MAER said, “this is obviously a difficult situation. We worked very hard for this whale on Wednesday and she did all she could to avoid us. With the telemetry buoy in place on her entanglement all of our attention will be focused on trying again.”
The whale is one of about 350 remaining right whales. Her case highlights the continuing need to find a reduction in the amount of rope in whale habitats. “Whales can pick up gear from anywhere within their range and drag it around for weeks and months. Their range is huge, stretching from Canada to Florida. Using disentanglement as a tool for conservation is helpful but has its limitations. We have no control over when or where an entangled whale will be discovered,” said Landry.
(**note from Azi** We may not know WHERE they picked the gear up, but we do know WHO left it.)
Since 1984, the Center for Coastal Studies has freed more than 200 large whales and other marine animals from life-threatening entanglements using techniques developed by its staff. The Center for Coastal Studies is federally authorized to perform large whale disentanglement under the authority of a permit issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
The Center’s disentanglement work is supported by a grant from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (MA-DMF), and the Massachusetts Environmental Trust.
This very large White decided to make some friends in S. Africa! Ever curious, she wanders through the group then, lingers for a bit, before these rather clueless teenage boys catch on, and head for the shore. She loiters in the shallows, no predatory behavior is exhibited. Drones and spotter planes are becoming new and useful tools on beaches around the world, keeping human/shark interactions to a minimum. However, if she was interested in humans as food, she could have had a very easy snack.
An inquisitive Tiger goes in for a look at this visitor, but after a quick inspection, moves on. There was no "charging" involved. Yes, it comes EXTREMELY CLOSE to the woman, but then it turns tail and leaves. End of story. AMAZING!! This drone footage was provided by wanderlustflyer.com.
Enjoying Vineyard beaches doesn't have to be a frightening experience. She Shark has some tips to make your day enjoyable!
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC) on Cape Cod has a free tracker app: https://www.atlanticwhiteshark.org/sharktivity-app
OCEARCH has a live tracker app:
is from Martha's Vineyard, and currently residing there. The goal of She Shark is to protect the Island's sharks and inspire residents and visitors to fight fear by taking action and getting involved. Conservation and coexistence with our sharks means a healthy ocean, which is vital in maintaining an equally healthy planet. Other stuff: Porbeagles are my favorite species of shark. I am the #MistressOfDistress at #MovieHeretics on Twitter, Thursday nights. I am 100% #ManxUnited! (That's mine, Treble, in the pic. :)) I'm a musician, and writer/research nerd. Have a science degree I don't use much. VERY fluent in sarcasm/sharkasm. You can find me on social media, below.
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Grateful thanks to the Oceanic Protection Society (OPS) for their ongoing help and support! You can find media, campaigns, education and more at opsociety.org. Fellow shark defenders, Shark Allies, have more info as well! sharkallies.org, Dr. James Sulikowski, sites.google.com/view/sulikowskilab/donations, Chris Michalove from OutcastFishing.com, (James and Chip have been sooo nice and they don't have to be!! I'm SUPER annoying, and they still write me back..thanks guys!!) Dr. Greg Skomal, firstname.lastname@example.org,, as well as so many random people helping me get the word out, and not letting me quit! answering of questions, and helping me navigate all this! I'd also like to give a shout-out to The Dolphin Project! https://www.dolphinproject.com/
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