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7 jaw-some things techies can do to help sharks

7 jaw-some things techies can do to help sharks
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People either love sharks or fear them. But either way, sharks remain to be a relevant and popular topic among humans. Case in point: the long-running TV series Shark Week premieres tonight, June 27, 8 p.m. on Discovery Channel, bringing jaw-dropping shark action until July 1, 2016.

This year sees all-new shark stories and shark technology, the SharkCam following giant great whites, and sharks facing off with dolphins, seals, crocodiles, and humans. Get ready for a splashing adventure! But first, here’s a list of how tech-savvy individuals like you can help protect the continuously dwindling number of shark species in the planet.


(7) DON’T EAT SHARK! Shark fin soup? A big no. More and more countries now are passing laws to ban serving and eating shark meat. If you’re in a country that serves shark fin as a delicacy, take a conscious effort to not patronize these products. It is also important to be aware of the kind of meat you’re being served; shark can be sold under names like flake, rock salmon, dogfish, rigg, or rock eel.

(6) EAT SUSTAINABLE FISH. Over half of the sharks caught each year are caught as by-catch (caught in gear being used to catch other fish). This is often the result of poor fishing practices. Eating sustainable-caught fish can reduce the impact of by-catch.

(5) DON’T FLY WITH AIRLINES THAT TRANSPORT SHARK FINS. Many airlines refuse to carry any shark fins as cargo. You can take your own stand, too, by not supporting the airlines that transport shark fins.

(4) SWIM WITH SHARKS. Need some time away from your computer or planning to go on a technology cleanse. Here’s something you can do: Go on an environmentally friendly tour to swim with sharks. Shark tourism done right can show governments that sharks are more valuable alive than dead. It encourages protective legislation for the creatures.

(3) ADOPT A SHARK. This is a fun way to help fund organizations that are lobbying shark protection. Plus, you can get a plush shark as part of the adoption deal. You can go to a local shark conservation organization in your community, or go online and find reliable adopt-a-shark websites.

(2) BE A CITIZEN SCIENTIST. Contribute in the discussion of understanding different species’ population statuses and their distribution around the world. If you live near the ocean, or are on vacation, and spot a shark, you can record your encounter on and help scientists know the location of shark population to better protect them.

(1) TWEET ABOUT SHARKS. A big problem facing shark conservation efforts is the misconceptions many have about shark species. Talk to your friends and use social media as ways to spread facts and awareness about sharks. Let people know the easy ways they can help the cause, too.


Can’t get enough of these shark trivias and other facts and figures about our favorite lethal sea species?  Here are the schedule of the 1o new shows you need to watch for during Shark Week.

  • June 27 (Monday), 8 p.m.: The Return of Monster Mako, which centers on the transformation of giant mako sharks, also called granders, and the adventures of Joe Romeiro’s team as he jumps into the deep blue at night to get more close and personal.
  • June 27 (Monday), 9 p.m.: Isle of Jaws follows Emmy award-winning cinematographer Andy Casagrande and his team through their discovery of male great white sharks off an uncharted island.
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  • June 28 (Tuesday), 8 p.m.: Jaws of the Deep showcases the world’s largest great white shark, Deep Blue from the lenses of two robot subs that can dive up to 2000 feet
  • June 28 (Tuesday), 9 p.m.: Tiger Beach is an exciting and revealing show about 40 tagged and tracked tiger sharks, some passive, some aggressive, but all powerful.
  • June 29 (Wednesday), 8 p.m.: Wrath of a Great White Serial Killer shows shark experts looking for an explanation behind the migration of great white sharks to the far north, specifically the Pacific Northwest.
  • June 29 (Wednesday), 9 p.m.: Sharks vs. Dolphins: Face Off intends to bring to light the truth behind the relationship and behavior of sharks and dolphins toward each other.
  • June 30 (Thursday), 8 p.m.: Air Jaws: Night Stalker is back with Chris Fallows on his 8th Air Jaws escapade. Fallows and his team go on a night adventure with the sharks, discovering how they hunt at night in total darkness. It is narrated by Lena Headey from Game of Thrones.
  • June 30 (Thursday), 9 p.m.: Deadliest Shark is a history lesson from Dr. Michael Domeier and Dr. Barry Bruce, where they explore the supposed deadliest sharks in the world: the white tip sharks.
  • July 1 (Friday), 8 p.m.: Nuclear Sharks premieres the travels of Philippe Cousteau, the grandson of legendary underwater explorer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau, and his wife, Ashlan, to Bikini Atoll. Exploring a once nuclear bombed marine environment, the team uncover reef sharks, which are supposedly non-migratory. Aside from this, the couple discovers illegal fishing activities affecting the sharks and their well-being.
  • July 1 (Friday), 9 p.m.: Jungle Shark lets viewers see bull sharks in a different light, rather, in different waters. Dr. Craig O’Connell and Andy Casagrande figure out why baby bull sharks swim up to the Serena River and how they deal with the crocodiles in that habitat.

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