Episode 1: Sharks
I'm so excited to get this podcast series started! This first episode is all about one of the most unjustifiably vilified animals of all time: the shark!
The link to the episode is here.
If you'd like to follow along, you can read this episode's script here.
Source: NOAA Images from Flickr
To learn more about the Seafood Watch program mentioned in the episode, please visit its website.
I mentioned the incredible way that thresher sharks catcher their prey. Watch it in action in the Discovery Channel video above!
If you click on the BBC video above, you can learn more about the elusive cookie cutter shark mentioned in this episode. (To clarify, the animal in this cover image is not the cookie cutter shark. It's a human man. These sharks aren't that good.)
Basking sharks were also briefly discussed in this podcast. In this National Geographic clip, you can learn about basking sharks' feeding habits and unusual approach to ridding themselves of pests.
The TedEd video below does a fantastic (fintastic?) job of concisely outlining the things that makes sharks so amazing.
I would also highly recommend the BBC's three-part series entitled simply, Sharks. The entire program can be found on Netflix or can be purchased for $2 per episode on YouTube.
If all of this shark information has inspired you to want to help these awesome animals, that's great! To get started, you can donate to one of many fantastic organizations that work to protect sharks, including:
- Shark Angels, an organization that employs "innovative education and advocacy programs to protect sharks"
- Sea Shepherd, specifically their Operation Treasured Islands, aims to protect sharks from poaching and illegal fishing. This organization uses “direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas”
- The Shark Research Institute “was created to sponsor and conduct research on sharks and promote their conservation”. I strongly suggest checking out their website – they do a lot of important work!