What happens to our oceans without sharks?

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Do remember your first time watching Shark Week? If you have kids, maybe they do. The surreal footage captures the stunning feats of our ocean’s top predator. Unfortunately, the year-over-year event that has become a TV sensation could come to a close if we don’t act soon.

People have failed to realize that if sharks were to vanish from the ocean, they would threaten a wide diversity of life in the ocean. Sharks play an integral part in the ocean’s ecosystem. As the apex predators, they keep the food chain in balance. If sharks disappear from the world’s oceans, the environmental consequences will be massive. It’s crucial we do everything we can to support conservation and protect sharks from extinction.

It’s hard to connect with these kings of the sea living in the high desert of the Wasatch mountains. And frankly, you might never see a shark in the wild. There is hope, however. Many ocean lovers, marine biologists, and people just like you want to guarantee that, “if” you get the opportunity to explore the oceans, seeing one of these wonderful beasts will at least be a possibility. The most important thing you can do to help sharks is to learn about the different species, their habitats, and their behaviors.

Educate yourself on the issues and find effective ways to help. Here are some very simple things you can do to help protect the future of sharks:

  1. Use a Seafood Watch Guide to make good choices about the seafood you eat. This helps ensure sharks get the food they need. Sharks eat almost anything: fishes, crustaceans, mollusks, marine mammals, and even other sharks.
  1. Reduce your plastic use by using things like reusable water bottles, straws, and bags. From entanglement in fishing gear to the accidental consumption of plastics, the number of ways by which a shark could be hurt by pollution is virtually limitless. 
  1. Educate others and yourself about sharks and how we can help them. Learn as much as you can about sharks, their habitats, behavior, and threats they face. Save the sharks for a better tomorrow.

Shark Week at The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

Announcing the most FIN-tastic week of the year! From July 11 – 18, 2021, Shark Week returns with some truly JAW-some activities. Go on a scavenger hunt to discover 17 unique shark species, learn about shark migration, and tune in on the Living Planets social channels for some shark-themed videos.

Shark Week is a week-long summer celebration at the Aquarium, during Discovery Channel’s Shark Week programming. This year’s event is presented by Great Clips. It is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about sharks and their role in maintaining the delicate balance between marine life and the overall health of our oceans.

Don’t miss Shark Week at The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.

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