You‚Äôve been waiting for it all summer, and now it‚Äôs finally here ‚ÄĒ Shark Week returns this Sunday, August 12th! Oceana is again a conservation partner, and we‚Äôve got some fin-ominal stuff in store this year.
Need some help preparing for the sharkiest week of the year? Have no fear, we‚Äôre here to help! Here are some ways you can gear up for Shark Week‚Äôs 25th year:
1. Spread the Shark Week Love
Have your friends over for a watch party. Check out Discovery‚Äôs programming schedule and pick out the shows that look the best. ‚ÄĚGreat White Highway‚ÄĚ follows shark scientists in their effort to solve some of the more mysterious behaviors of the most well-known shark in the world. It‚Äôs 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
We‚Äôre so excited about Shark Week that we‚Äôre going to be live-tweeting all the new shows! Follow along on our Twitter ‚ÄĒ we‚Äôll 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 can‚Äôt 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 isn‚Äôt the only time you care about sharks. They‚Äôre great to watch on TV, but we need them in the wild, too!
We‚Äôre down to the last sea turtle in our trivia series, and it‚Äôs the least understood species of all ‚Äď the flatback.
Flatback sea turtles nest only in Australia, and as a result of their limited range they are are poorly understood and at serious risk. Fortunately, Australia is working hard to protect large portions of the flatback‚Äôs habitat.
In addition to their namesake flat shells, flatbacks can be recognized by their olive-grey tops and yellow bellies. These turtles are known to float on the surface of the ocean, sunning their shells, often with birds on their backs. Flatbacks eat primarily fish, mollusks, and sea squirts.
Flatback turtles are caught accidentally in fishing nets, and they made up the majority of turtle bycatch in the Northern Prawn Fishery until turtle excluder devices ‚Äď i.e. escape hatches -- were introduced. Other threats to flatbacks include coastal pollution and habitat degradation.
Oceana‚Äôs sea turtle campaign focuses on preventing sea turtle bycatch, protecting habitat, and promoting legislation that keeps turtles safe. You can learn more about flatback sea turtles from Oceana‚Äôs marine wildlife encyclopedia.
If you can tweet us the name of every type of sea turtle, you could win a tote bag. That‚Äôs it for our sea turtle themed trivia! We‚Äôll be back next week with more fun facts about other ocean animals.
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 bluefin‚Äôs fate, and we are asking you all to spread the word ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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!
Kate Walsh was on Access Hollywood yesterday to announce the winner of her sushi dress giveaway on Twitter -- and she again gave Oceana a shout-out, check it out:
And congrats to Ariel B from Ithaca, NY, whose tweet was chosen from many to win the dress!
Remember the super stylin‚Äô sushi dress Kate Walsh wore the other night? Wish you had your own fishy fashion statement? You‚Äôre in luck, because she just announced that she‚Äôs giving the dress away.
To enter to win the dress, just tweet the following message to Kate before 11:59 p.m. tonight:
Hey @katewalsh ‚Äď I want your sushi dress and I join you in supporting @Oceana http://bit.ly/9vzjPW
Only one tweet per person. The winner‚Äôs name will be drawn randomly out of all the tweets received, and Kate will announce the winner on Access Hollywood Live tomorrow, Wednesday, September 22nd at 11 a.m.
Tweet your hearts out!
Actress Sarah Shahi is a rising star in Hollywood, and she also happens to be one of Oceana‚Äôs newest and most fervent celebrity supporters.
You might recognize Shahi from the Showtime series ‚ÄúThe L Word,‚ÄĚ where she played Carmen, a bilingual production assistant who moonlights as a DJ. She has also appeared in the films ‚ÄúOld School,‚ÄĚ "For Your Consideration,‚ÄĚ and on the TV shows "The Sopranos,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúDawson‚Äôs Creek,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúFrasier‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúAlias.‚ÄĚ
But when she‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄúStop the Drill,‚ÄĚ and she encouraged her supporters and friends to do the same.
When: Thursday, June 3, 2010 from 9:00 - 10:00pm EST
Where: On Twitter. If you do not have a Twitter account, please register at http://www.twitter.com. Follow the conversation by using the #oilchat Hashtag.
President Barack Obama goes one-on-one with Larry King tonight at 9pm eastern to talk about the oil spill, economic turmoil and war. What are your reactions or impressions to President Obama‚Äôs comments?
Jackie Savitz, Oceana‚Äôs Senior Campaign Director, Pollution Campaigns [@jackiesavitz] will be joining the conversation to answer your questions and reactions.
New to Twitter? Here‚Äôs How to Get Set Up
If you‚Äôre not already set up on Twitter, hop on over there and get an account. Here are some tips for setting up your account as well as some key things to know once you jump on.
Heads up to all you ocean lovers on Twitter: Today at 12:30 pm eastern time, Oceana senior campaign director Jackie Savitz will be on ABC News Nightline debating Obama‚Äôs offshore drilling decision with Ben Lieberman from the Heritage Foundation.
Between 12:30 and 1 pm, you can tweet your drilling questions and concerns for Jackie to @nightline. Get your questions ready now, and then tune in here.
See you there!
Over the weekend I attended ScienceOnline2010, a raucous gathering (if conferences can be raucous) of scientists and journalists. I met some great folks, including Miriam Goldstein -- one of my favorite ocean bloggers -- of Oyster's Garter fame. (She also recently joined the salty bloggers over at Deep Sea News.)
Miriam was the chief scientist for last summer's Scripps SEAPLEX expedition to the Pacific garbage patch. As if being chief scientist weren't enough, she also blogged and tweeted the journey. And as she hilariously illustrates in this story from one of the first days of the expedition in the California Current, sometimes science doesn't like to be live. (Apologies in advance for my, um, budding video skills.)
The SEAPLEX expedition received a ton of press attention. So after the session, I asked her, "Has the media overblown the pacific garbage patch?" She said, "Well, yes, in a way. There is no 'island' of trash -- the ocean is homogeneous. But it is also way, way worse than we thought."
Look out for the results of the SEAPLEX expedition later on in 2010.