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Where Are They Now?: The Shark Finatics

Posted Fri, Apr 1, 2011 by Emily Fisher to 2010, activism, education, green chimneys, kids, past ocean heroes, robin culler, shark finatics, shark finning, sharks

A member of the Shark Finatics.

As you know, we are now accepting nominations for our third annual Ocean Heroes Contest. Throughout the nomination period, which ends April 27th, I’ll be featuring a few of the past winners and finalists to get you inspired. First up, the 2010 Junior Ocean Heroes: the Shark Finatics.

To jog your memory, the Shark Finatics are a group of students at Green Chimneys School in Brewster, New York who have raised more than $2,000 for shark research and conservation organizations around the world - and an immeasurable amount of awareness about shark finning.

The Finatics’ teacher Robin Culler recently wrote to us with an enthusiastic update about her students. They were recently featured in the Southeast Brewster Patch, and Culler says the “the kids were awesome and you couldn't get a word in edgewise! They were so thrilled to teach yet one more person about sharks.”


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Nominate an Ocean Hero Today!

Posted Tue, Mar 29, 2011 by Emily Fisher to activism, ocean conservation, ocean heroes award, ocean heroes contest, shark finatics

The 2010 Junior Ocean Heroes, the Shark Finatics, with teacher Robin Culler.

It’s that time again: we are looking for ocean heroes, and we need your help. Nominations for our third annual Ocean Heroes Contest begin today, so think of the person you know doing the most for the oceans -- and maybe it’s yourself! -- and send us the deets.

Here’s how: To nominate someone, just visit www.oceana.org/heroes and complete the form. Past nominees have included educators, scientists, fundraisers, activists, and that’s just a start. And like last year, we have two categories: Adult and Junior (18 years old or younger).

This year’s Ocean Heroes will receive, in addition to a heap of praise and good ocean karma, a $500 gift card from Nautica and a pair of Revo Sunglasses. All finalists will receive a $100 Nautica gift card.

Nominations end April 27th, but the faster you can get them in the better. So nominate, nominate, nominate, and please, spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, e-mail and however else you know how!

We can’t wait to see all the great nominations come rolling in!


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Guest Post: One Shark Finatic Meets Another

Posted Wed, Sep 29, 2010 by Emily Fisher to ocean hero finalists, ocean heroes, palau, president toribiong, robin culler, shark finatics, shark finning, shark sanctuary

President Johnson Toribiong of Palau and Robin Culler, teacher of the 2010 Ocean Heroes, The Shark Finatics.

Today I’m pleased to bring you a guest post from Robin Culler, teacher of the 2010 Junior Ocean Heroes, the Shark Finatics.

What a year this has been for the Shark Finatics! We are still basking in the glory of being named Junior Ocean Heroes and each week many more amazing things come our way.

This past Saturday, I was privileged to be invited to a dinner honoring Palau's President Johnson Toribiong. The prestigious Ocean Heritage Award was presented to the President by the Shark Research Institute in recognition of Palau's Shark Sanctuary.

A year ago, Palau, one of the world's smallest nations, created the first ever shark sanctuary. Commercial fishing of sharks is banned in Palau's territorial waters and its exclusive economic zone, covering 240,000 square miles. More than 130 species of sharks and stingrays, which are considered either endangered or vulnerable, find safe haven in this sanctuary.


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