Aug 4 10:05 am
All babies need a safe place to grow up, even baby sharks. But in California, great white sharks grow up in a very dangerous nursery.
The waters where these young sharks, called pups, grow up are also used by fishermen, who lay out long gillnets that routinely entangle and kill baby sharks.
Scientists estimate that there are only a few hundred adult great whites left in this part of the Pacific, and they reproduce very slowly. Every pup that dies makes their future in the Pacific a little bleaker.
Last year, we asked you to sign on in support of adding West Coast great white sharks to the Endangered Species List and over 44,000 of you responded. Sadly, despite hearing from thousands of shark-lovers like you and me, the federal government turned down the request—a very bad decision.
But all is not lost. These sharks can still be added to California’s Endangered Species List, which would help their nurseries gain protection from deadly nets.
Act now to ask the California Fish and Game Commission and California Department of Fish and Wildlife to protect great white sharks:
This Shark Week, don’t just watch sharks on your TV. Take action to make sure that Shark Week’s stars will continue to swim in our oceans for generations to come.
For the sharks,
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