Roughly 1 in 250 million Americans risk dying from a shark bite every year. The yearly risk of dying from a vending machine accident is roughly 1 in 112 million. So why does this fear of sharks pervade our collective nightmares? Read more.
Growing up on the East Coast, my surfcasting father created a bit of shark paranoia in me. But after working at Heal the Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, my fear has become intrigue and respect for these magnificent creatures. Read more.
Threshers sharks are best known for their trademark tail fin that has an upper lobe so long that it makes up half of the shark’s length and a third of their body weight. Threshers, often found off the coast of Malibu, use their tail to strike and stun fish before eating them. Read more.
Between the news media coverage of sharks in the South Bay and week-long cable programming dedicated to sharks, I wonder just what people are learning. Are people actually getting “smarter” regarding sharks, or is this coverage promoting fear and misinformation? Read more.
I had heard that sharks can confuse people in wetsuits for seals, so I immediately freaked out when I spotted one on my first surfing trip. My surfing teacher saw my frightened face and quickly said, “Oh, no worries … they’re just leopard sharks!” Read more.
Valued for their meat during the '80s, California’s angel shark populations were devastated by overfishing. Educational programs for conservation have played a very important role in our environment to protect this and other species of sharks. Read more.
In 2013, California passed legislation prohibiting the possession, sale and distribution of detached shark fins after the point of landing in California. But this month, the federal government is proposing a rule that has the potential to overturn shark protections passed by many states, including California. Urge the U.S. government to implement the Shark Conservation Act without undermining state conservation measures. Sign the petition.
Don't miss Shark Sundays at Heal the Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium every Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Watch an informative presentation about these misunderstood animals while our horn and swell sharks cruise around the tank, noses out of the water, anticipating the meal to come. Visit the Aquarium.