Youâve been waiting for it all summer, and now itâs finally here â Shark Week returns this Sunday, August 12th! Oceana is again a conservation partner, and weâve got some fin-ominal stuff in store this year.
Need some help preparing for the sharkiest week of the year? Have no fear, weâre here to help! Here are some ways you can gear up for Shark Weekâs 25th year:
1. Spread the Shark Week Love
Have your friends over for a watch party. Check out Discoveryâs programming schedule and pick out the shows that look the best. âGreat White Highwayâ follows shark scientists in their effort to solve some of the more mysterious behaviors of the most well-known shark in the world. Itâs also narrated by our board member Ted Danson! Check it out on Thursday, August 16th at 9 p.m.
2. Spend Shark Week with Oceana
Weâre so excited about Shark Week that weâre going to be live-tweeting all the new shows! Follow along on our Twitter â weâll be watching along with you and answering your shark questions. And look out for some fun Shark Week swag give-aways.
You can also share photos and stories with us via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
3. Protect Sharks
For one week a year, over 30 million Americans are glued to their TV sets, transfixed by incredible stories of amazing, powerful sharks. But the true story is that they canât save themselves from their top predator: us.
Right now there are only a few hundred adult great white sharks remaining of the U.S. West Coast. They are in danger of extinction, but you can help. Sign today to help great whites off the West Coast get listed under the Endangered Species Act.. [link to action page] You can also help spread the word through social media by signing up at Thunderclap.it/sharkweek.
Make sure that Shark Week isnât the only time you care about sharks. Theyâre great to watch on TV, but we need them in the wild, too!
Today beauty company La Mer is launching an exciting initiative to support Oceana, but we need your help to make it happen.
For every new 'like' on La Mer's Facebook page between now and World Oceans Day on June 8th, they will donate $5 to Oceana until they reach their goal of $30,000. What's not to like about that?
La Mer relies on sea kelp's restorative properties to make their skin products. The World Oceans Day campaign for 2012 emphasizes the future of ocean conservation. Marine life has a lot to offer that we havenât discovered yet, so itâs important that we protect ocean habitats for future study.
Since 2005, La Mer has worked with Oceana to protect the world's oceans and the kelp forests that they use to make their products. They have created a special limited edition version of their famous creme to commemorate World Oceans Day, the proceeds from which will help our campaign to protect ocean habitats.
On their site you can check out an interactive presentation about the worldâs oceans and some of our global initiatives.
Thanks, La Mer! We like you. (And all you readers should, too!)
If you thought bluefin tuna were just another faceless fish, you thought wrong. Not only are they some of the fastest and most impressive predators in the ocean, they are also in serious trouble from overfishing.
In a few weeks, the world will have a chance to change bluefinâs fate, and we are asking you all to spread the word â by putting your face on this threatened fish. How, you ask? Well, our colleagues in Europe just launched a website, www.stoptunablues.org, where you can do just that.
From November 17-27th, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) will meet in Paris. ICCAT is an international body responsible for the conservation and management of bluefin, and Oceana will be in Paris to pressure the Commission to do more to protect bluefin.
Bluefin may not be as cuddly as panda bears, but you are â so help us save bluefin by offering your (incredibly attractive) likeness to the cause, and then spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and any other way you want!
Actress Sarah Shahi is a rising star in Hollywood, and she also happens to be one of Oceanaâs newest and most fervent celebrity supporters.
You might recognize Shahi from the Showtime series âThe L Word,â where she played Carmen, a bilingual production assistant who moonlights as a DJ. She has also appeared in the films âOld School,â "For Your Consideration,â and on the TV shows "The Sopranos,â âDawsonâs Creek,â âFrasierâ and âAlias.â
But when sheâs not acting, she also plays the part of activist. This summer, she learned about our Stop the Drill campaign surrounding the Gulf oil spill and it struck a chord with her. On her Facebook and Twitter pages, she encouraged her supporters to take action with Oceana to stop offshore drilling. She changed her profile photo to a picture of herself holding a sign that read âStop the Drill,â and she encouraged her supporters and friends to do the same.
Be one of the first people to sign our new Facebook petition to protect kids from mercury in fish at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club!
And increase your impact and win prizes by inviting your friends to sign. The 3 people who recruit the most friends to sign by Monday, November 30 will win!
More About The Petition:
Oceana is asking Walmart and its subsidiary Sam's Club to post the Food and Drug Administration's mercury advice at their seafood displays.
While news stories about food recalls rip through the headlines at light speed, many families remain unaware of the ongoing risk of mercury in seafood. Because mercury can harm a young child or unborn baby's developing nervous system, the FDA has issued advice for women of child-bearing age and children to avoid or limit their consumption of certain fish that are contaminated with elevated levels of mercury.