What surprised me was that following the initial excitement of seeing the sharks up close, my mood turned quite quickly to being calm and peaceful.
We all know sharks live in the ocean, but we don't expect to see one. And yet an image in our minds causes us to fear that a shark might be checking us out. Sometimes that feeling is true. Or was it only seaweed?
As much as I support the decision to remove shark fin soup from Chinese state dinners, I wasn't sure I wanted to come nose to nose with a fish that has seven rows of flesh-tearing teeth.
Jacques Cousteau, who visited Cocos numerous times, proclaimed it "the most beautiful island in the world." Visit it if you dare, knowing that you will never see the ocean the same way again.
The connection between declining shark populations and finning is tragically clear. Each year, up to 73 million sharks are stripped of their fins and thrown back to the ocean to die a painful and prolonged death.
All who care about the health of the world's oceans need to take a stand in protecting sharks: refuse to eat shark fins and call on governments and businesses to end the trade in fins.
Every year up to 73 million sharks are killed, tens of millions for their fins alone. Illinois is the fifth state in America to ban the sale, trade, possession and distribution of shark fins.
You can never comprehend the ocean until you feel the shark.
New York is the largest importer of shark fins on the East Coast. By kicking fins out, the state can send a message to the world that an ocean without sharks is not an acceptable future.
Summer vacation season has arrived, and millions of Americans are packing their bags and heading toward the ocean. We have many beautiful beaches to c...
Sharks, rays and seahorses are on the road to extinction. East coast cod has declined 96 percent over the past 150 years. But magnetic fishhooks are helping to save sharks, and just in the nick of time.
While people around the world revere Captain Paul Watson for the stands he takes to save whales, the German government has him under arrest for a 2005 complaint for the very actions millions cheer for each week.
In an incident last week, 33 poachers were caught red-handed within the borders of the Kawe MPA, an area which is under local, regional, and national protection and over 97 percent of which is entirely closed to fishing.
Dolphins are washing up dead while fish disappear as oil and dispersants from BP's 2010 spill lurk in Gulf waters and marshes.
Shark fin soup was initially served in China as a symbol of great wealth; shark fins were rarely available and so the soup was a luxury dish. Developm...
Did you know that it's currently legal in Florida to sell, possess and distribute shark fins? This needs to change.