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Like other shark and ray species, giant guitarfish are extremely susceptible to population decline from overexploitation. Recently, giant guitarfish have become part of a global trend of increased demand and fishing pressure for shark-like rays, who have become a significant portion of fisheries landings and targeted for their very highly valued fins in trade. This has resulted in the decimation of populations across their range. Although data is often patchy, where it is available has shown that the lack of management these species has taken a serious toll. @CITES #CoP18, the world's biggest conference on wildlife trade happening right now, is our opportunity to ensure the protection and preservation of giant guitarfish for generations to come. Urge policymakers to support these beautiful animals as well as mako sharks, wedgefish, and more as they race against extinction. Sign the #CITES4Sharks petition linked in our bio. Photo: @dannyunderwater #TurningTheTide @sealegacy @bluespherefoundation @vulcaninc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund

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This weekend marked the opening of #CoP18, where a critical vote on new listings to @CITES Appendix II swings in the balance. Mako sharks, the fastest shark in the world, and 17 other shark and ray species are in need of critical protection to win their race against extinction - and they need our vote, and the vote of #CITES member countries, to ensure they earn this protection. It's not too late to make your voice heard. Add your name in support of #CITES4Sharks and help protect our ocean for future generations - LINK IN BIO. Photo + video: @shawnheinrichs@thelifeofrileynz @sealegacy @vulcaninc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund @hsiglobal @awionline @nakaweproject @action4ifaw @pewenvironment
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This weekend marked the opening of #CoP18, where a critical vote on new listings to @CITES Appendix II swings in the balance. Mako sharks, the fastest shark in the world, and 17 other shark and ray species are in need of critical protection to win their race against extinction - and they need our vote, and the vote of #CITES member countries, to ensure they earn this protection. It's not too late to make your voice heard. Add your name in support of #CITES4Sharks and help protect our ocean for future generations - LINK IN BIO. Photo + video: @shawnheinrichs @thelifeofrileynz @sealegacy @vulcaninc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund @hsiglobal @awionline @nakaweproject @action4ifaw @pewenvironment

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Powerful message from our friends at @nakaweproject and @vulcaninc: “Ever since he was little, Victor has been a fisherman. Born into a generation shark fisherman in a small Baja California, Mexico town, Victor's only option to provide for his family was catching mako sharks for their fins and meat. ⁠🎣🦈⁠⠀ A few years ago, he realized this wasn't sustainable and that his profession was contributing to the decline of the species. See, makos are one of the most common sharks caught on the high seas yet have almost no international protection. They play a key role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem, but they are racing extinction.” Join us in urging governments at this year's @CITES to give makos a needed lifeline - link to #TakeAction in our bio. #CITES4Sharks #CoP18Sharks #CITES #ExtinctionEndsHere #LawsforJaws #WorthMoreAlive #SaveSharks #shark #TurningTheTide #makoshark @regisunday @stevedeneef @thewcs @sealegacy

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Photo by @shawnheinrichs // On first glance, the mako shark looks like a terrifying creature. Razor sharp teeth that protrude from it's powerful jaws, stealth torpedo form built for speed, and large, dark eyes for tracking down and intercepting prey. And these native characteristics feed into our irrational fears that are fueled by media that has portrayed these animals as terrifying monsters and mindless man-eaters. Beliefs drive our actions, and in the case of sharks, have enabled us to allow the slaughter of over 100 MILLION SHARKS per year, driving many large shark populations to the brink of extinction in just a few decades. The truth is that the teeth of the Mako sharks are designed specifically for feeding on tuna, marlin and other large plastic fish, it's torpedo-like shape is built for rapid acceleration to close in quickly on fast-swimming pelagic fish, and its large eyes draw in the light needed to hunt its prey in the depths of the oceans.This is a magnificent being that lives in the high seas, rarely crosses paths with humans, and if it does, tends to avoid them. And given the precipitous declines in their populations over the past few decades, they have far more to fear from us, than us from them.It's time we take a hard look at our beliefs, seek out the truth to reshape our beliefs, and take action to support the conservation of these magnificent creatures, and all the other species that are racing towards extinction by our very hands.Right now, we have an unprecedented opportunity to help achieve critically-needed protection for 18 shark and ray species, including the endangered mako shark, under a proposed @CITES Appendix II listing. But we need two-thirds of the world’s countries to vote ‘YES’ at this month's #CoP18 conference. That is why a collective of voices are asking Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to switch their vote from "NO" to "YES," expanding their global position as leaders in ocean conservation and standing up for the protection of these magnificent apex predators.Join us and sign your name now at the link in our bio. #CITES4Sharks @vulcaninc @sealegacy @thewcs @sharkconservationfund @thelifeofrileynz
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Photo by @shawnheinrichs // On first glance, the mako shark looks like a terrifying creature. Razor sharp teeth that protrude from it's powerful jaws, stealth torpedo form built for speed, and large, dark eyes for tracking down and intercepting prey. And these native characteristics feed into our irrational fears that are fueled by media that has portrayed these animals as terrifying monsters and mindless man-eaters. Beliefs drive our actions, and in the case of sharks, have enabled us to allow the slaughter of over 100 MILLION SHARKS per year, driving many large shark populations to the brink of extinction in just a few decades. The truth is that the teeth of the Mako sharks are designed specifically for feeding on tuna, marlin and other large plastic fish, it's torpedo-like shape is built for rapid acceleration to close in quickly on fast-swimming pelagic fish, and its large eyes draw in the light needed to hunt its prey in the depths of the oceans. This is a magnificent being that lives in the high seas, rarely crosses paths with humans, and if it does, tends to avoid them. And given the precipitous declines in their populations over the past few decades, they have far more to fear from us, than us from them. It's time we take a hard look at our beliefs, seek out the truth to reshape our beliefs, and take action to support the conservation of these magnificent creatures, and all the other species that are racing towards extinction by our very hands. Right now, we have an unprecedented opportunity to help achieve critically-needed protection for 18 shark and ray species, including the endangered mako shark, under a proposed @CITES Appendix II listing. But we need two-thirds of the world’s countries to vote ‘YES’ at this month's #CoP18 conference. That is why a collective of voices are asking Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to switch their vote from "NO" to "YES," expanding their global position as leaders in ocean conservation and standing up for the protection of these magnificent apex predators. Join us and sign your name now at the link in our bio. #CITES4Sharks @vulcaninc @sealegacy @thewcs @sharkconservationfund @thelifeofrileynz

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Photo by @shawnheinrichs // Earlier this year, an assessment from @IPBES_ and @UNenvironment detailed the stark reality of the environmental crisis: nearly 1 million plant and animal species face extinction within just a couple of decades. Strengthening proven protection like the #EndangeredSpeciesAct, which has seen the survival of 99% of its listed species, is badly needed if we want to prevent this from happening. We stand with those who denounce the Trump administration's changes to the Endangered Species Act. These changes allow economic factors to be taken into consideration when deciding the listing a new species and also weaken the protection of already listed threatened species. Join us and let administrations around the world know that #ExtinctionEndsHere. Take action right now, sign your name in support of #CITES4Sharks and fight for the protection of 18 shark and ray species in the lead up to #CoP18. Link in bio. @vulcaninc @sealegacy @nakaweproject @sharkconservationfund @thewcs
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Photo by @shawnheinrichs // Earlier this year, an assessment from @IPBES_ and @UNenvironment detailed the stark reality of the environmental crisis: nearly 1 million plant and animal species face extinction within just a couple of decades. Strengthening proven protection like the #EndangeredSpeciesAct, which has seen the survival of 99% of its listed species, is badly needed if we want to prevent this from happening. We stand with those who denounce the Trump administration's changes to the Endangered Species Act. These changes allow economic factors to be taken into consideration when deciding the listing a new species and also weaken the protection of already listed threatened species. Join us and let administrations around the world know that #ExtinctionEndsHere. Take action right now, sign your name in support of #CITES4Sharks and fight for the protection of 18 shark and ray species in the lead up to #CoP18. Link in bio. @vulcaninc @sealegacy @nakaweproject @sharkconservationfund @thewcs

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Why Protecting Mako Sharks Matters to @shawnheinrichs: “I have been a diver for almost three decades, and during that time I have had been blessed to interact with and photograph many of the most charismatic shark species in the oceans. However, one shark had always alluded me, the king of the pelagic realm, one of the most awesome of all the large predatory sharks – the Mako! And I must admit, though I have spent countless hours in open water with some of the most feared sharks, there was something about the fastest shark in all the oceans, with its jagged teeth protruding from its powerful jaw, such a formidable predator, that tugged at some deep and unresolved primal fear buried deep inside me. My only interactions with Mako sharks had been with dead ones. From South and Central America, to the Pacific, to Asia, I had documented the demise of these iconic predators by the hands of commercial fisheries. In Japan I documented hundreds of Mako sharks unloaded in a single port and most of these sharks were clearly juveniles. In Hong Kong, shark fin traders enthusiastically boasted how valuable Mako fins where to their trade, noting that their value had only increased as the fins had become more scarce. It was clear to me from my investigations that Mako sharks were in serious trouble, and the scientific data was in clear support. When it was announced that Mako sharks had been proposed for listing on @CITES, I jumped at the opportunity to tell their story and use imagery and storytelling as a powerful tool to help secure their protection. This was my opportunity to finally give a voice to these vulnerable animals that I had so often documented on the blood-soaked floors of commercial fishing ports. And, this was also my opportunity to finally come face-to-face with a shark that had eluded me for almost three decades, to interact on its terms in its habitat, and to learn in the most personal way, the true nature of this incredible species.” Please join us in helping to protect Makos and add your signature to the petition, link in our bio. 📸 @hannahmermaid @thelifeofrileynz @shawnheinrichs #weprotectwhatwelove #cites4sharks #bethechange

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Photo by @shawnheinrichs // We had a big win for ocean conservation earlier this year when Canada became the first G20 country in the world to ban the import and export of shark fins. But now, Canada has announced that they will vote ‘NO’ to the proposed global trade protections of mako sharks, a critically endangered species, at #CoP18 this month. Help us ensure that the continued trade of mako sharks is both legal and sustainable — providing them the protection they so desperately need to survive. Sign the petition link in our bio asking Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to switch their votes from ‘NO’ to ‘YES,’ in favor of adding mako sharks to Appendix II of @CITES. Thank you for helping us reach over 33,000 signatures so far! @sealegacy @vulcaninc @lonelywhale @thewcs @thelifeofrileynz @sharkconservationfund
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Photo by @shawnheinrichs // We had a big win for ocean conservation earlier this year when Canada became the first G20 country in the world to ban the import and export of shark fins. But now, Canada has announced that they will vote ‘NO’ to the proposed global trade protections of mako sharks, a critically endangered species, at #CoP18 this month. Help us ensure that the continued trade of mako sharks is both legal and sustainable — providing them the protection they so desperately need to survive. Sign the petition link in our bio asking Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to switch their votes from ‘NO’ to ‘YES,’ in favor of adding mako sharks to Appendix II of @CITES. Thank you for helping us reach over 33,000 signatures so far! @sealegacy @vulcaninc @lonelywhale @thewcs @thelifeofrileynz @sharkconservationfund

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Video by @shawnheinrichs // Our species has all but wiped out mako sharks worldwide, and now they are facing possible extinction. We have a chance to come together, on the international stage, to take a stand for endangered mako sharks to ensure their survival, and to show that together we can right the injustices of the past. Please click the link in our bio and add your voice to a growing chorus of voices from across the globe, that are telling Canada now is the time to own your role in the protection of vulnerable sharks and vote YES at @cites #CoP18. 💪🦈💪#cites4sharks @thelifeofrileynz @sealegacy @lonelywhale @thewcs @sharkconservationfund
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Video by @shawnheinrichs // Our species has all but wiped out mako sharks worldwide, and now they are facing possible extinction. We have a chance to come together, on the international stage, to take a stand for endangered mako sharks to ensure their survival, and to show that together we can right the injustices of the past. Please click the link in our bio and add your voice to a growing chorus of voices from across the globe, that are telling Canada now is the time to own your role in the protection of vulnerable sharks and vote YES at @cites #CoP18. 💪🦈💪#cites4sharks @thelifeofrileynz @sealegacy @lonelywhale @thewcs @sharkconservationfund

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Photo by @shawnheinrichs // ⚠️🦈 WE NEED YOUR HELP 🦈⚠️Show Canada they must vote to protect mako sharks.We need every nation to stand up to protect mako sharks before it's too late.Overfishing has caused a rapid decline in mako shark populations, and today, they are globally endangered. And yet Canada is on the verge of voting against their protection. 😔💔🦈Add your voice to urge Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to stand up for sharks, support global trade protections for makos, and fulfill their commitment to Canada’s role in environmental leadership. Please take 30 seconds to sign a petition, linked in our bio.After showing great leadership by becoming the first G20 country in the world to enact a ban on the trade of shark fins, it is disappointing and saddening to see Canada abandoning sharks when it matters by threatening to vote against their inclusion in @CITES Appendix II. You can make a difference by demanding that Canada change their position and vote ‘YES’ to add mako sharks to Appendix II of CITES. This addition will ensure any continued trade in mako sharks is both legal and sustainable and will provide the protection that they desperately need.Please click the link in our bio and add your voice to a global community of activists who are taking a stand for Mako Sharks! 💙🦈 #cites4sharks #bethechange #turningthetide @sealegacy @lonelywhale @sharkconservationfund @vulcaninc @thelifeofrileynz
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Photo by @shawnheinrichs // ⚠️🦈 WE NEED YOUR HELP 🦈⚠️ Show Canada they must vote to protect mako sharks. We need every nation to stand up to protect mako sharks before it's too late. Overfishing has caused a rapid decline in mako shark populations, and today, they are globally endangered. And yet Canada is on the verge of voting against their protection. 😔💔🦈 Add your voice to urge Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to stand up for sharks, support global trade protections for makos, and fulfill their commitment to Canada’s role in environmental leadership. Please take 30 seconds to sign a petition, linked in our bio. After showing great leadership by becoming the first G20 country in the world to enact a ban on the trade of shark fins, it is disappointing and saddening to see Canada abandoning sharks when it matters by threatening to vote against their inclusion in @CITES Appendix II. You can make a difference by demanding that Canada change their position and vote ‘YES’ to add mako sharks to Appendix II of CITES. This addition will ensure any continued trade in mako sharks is both legal and sustainable and will provide the protection that they desperately need. Please click the link in our bio and add your voice to a global community of activists who are taking a stand for Mako Sharks! 💙🦈 #cites4sharks #bethechange #turningthetide @sealegacy @lonelywhale @sharkconservationfund @vulcaninc @thelifeofrileynz

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Video by @shawnheinrichs // MAN and SHARK - This man used to be a commercial longline tuna fishermen and during his years at sea, his job required that he kill tens of thousands of sharks, many of which were Mako sharks. The senseless mass-slaughter became too much for him, and he left the industry with a heavy heart. This past March, we introduced him to a magnificent Mako shark in the water, without any cages or protection….just him and this wild predator. Within moments everything shifted for him and what unfolded over the next hour was a profound and powerful connection between man and shark. We witnessed a massive perspective shift, from the shark he had only known struggling violently for its life on the end of a line, to a graceful, vulnerable and sentient being approaching with curiosity and caution. Back on the boat, the fishermen expressed deep and heartfelt remorse for the years of senseless slaughter that he participated in, followed by a renewed spirit from his deeply touching interaction with this Mako shark. Powerful healing from just a brief moment of deep connection!This month at #CITESCoP18, a record 18 species are up for new protections, including mako sharks. This is a pivotal point for the protection of #makosharks, one we can influence. Join us in #TurningTheTide and support #CITES4Sharks by signing your name asking Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to stand up for sharks and switch their vote to “YES” -- protecting the mako and fulfilling their commitment to Canada’s role in environmental leadership. Click the link in our bio to sign. #bethechange #lightonecandle @sealegacy @lonelywhale @vulcaninc @sharkconservationfund @thelifeofrileynz
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Video by @shawnheinrichs // MAN and SHARK - This man used to be a commercial longline tuna fishermen and during his years at sea, his job required that he kill tens of thousands of sharks, many of which were Mako sharks. The senseless mass-slaughter became too much for him, and he left the industry with a heavy heart. This past March, we introduced him to a magnificent Mako shark in the water, without any cages or protection….just him and this wild predator. Within moments everything shifted for him and what unfolded over the next hour was a profound and powerful connection between man and shark. We witnessed a massive perspective shift, from the shark he had only known struggling violently for its life on the end of a line, to a graceful, vulnerable and sentient being approaching with curiosity and caution. Back on the boat, the fishermen expressed deep and heartfelt remorse for the years of senseless slaughter that he participated in, followed by a renewed spirit from his deeply touching interaction with this Mako shark. Powerful healing from just a brief moment of deep connection! This month at #CITESCoP18, a record 18 species are up for new protections, including mako sharks. This is a pivotal point for the protection of #makosharks, one we can influence. Join us in #TurningTheTide and support #CITES4Sharks by signing your name asking Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to stand up for sharks and switch their vote to “YES” -- protecting the mako and fulfilling their commitment to Canada’s role in environmental leadership. Click the link in our bio to sign. #bethechange #lightonecandle @sealegacy @lonelywhale @vulcaninc @sharkconservationfund @thelifeofrileynz

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Photograph of shark scientist @thelifeofrileynz taken by @bluespherefoundation founder @shawnheinrichs revealing the true nature of these grossly misunderstood and villified sharks // MAKO SHARKS - Formidable, yes. Curious, yes. Fast, yes. Lots of teeth, yes. Mindless man-eaters, no! This month at #CITESCoP18, a record 18 species are up for new protections, including mako sharks. This is a pivotal point for the protection of #makosharks, one we can influence. Join us in #TurningTheTide and support #CITES4Sharks by signing your name asking Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to stand up for sharks and switch their vote to “YES” -- protecting the mako and fulfilling their commitment to Canada’s role in environmental leadership. Click the link in our bio to sign. #cites4sharks #weprotectwhatwelove #bethechange #lightonecandle @sealegacy @lonelywhale @vulcaninc @sharkconservationfund
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Photograph of shark scientist @thelifeofrileynz taken by @bluespherefoundation founder @shawnheinrichs revealing the true nature of these grossly misunderstood and villified sharks // MAKO SHARKS - Formidable, yes. Curious, yes. Fast, yes. Lots of teeth, yes. Mindless man-eaters, no! This month at #CITESCoP18, a record 18 species are up for new protections, including mako sharks. This is a pivotal point for the protection of #makosharks, one we can influence. Join us in #TurningTheTide and support #CITES4Sharks by signing your name asking Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to stand up for sharks and switch their vote to “YES” -- protecting the mako and fulfilling their commitment to Canada’s role in environmental leadership. Click the link in our bio to sign. #cites4sharks #weprotectwhatwelove #bethechange #lightonecandle @sealegacy @lonelywhale @vulcaninc @sharkconservationfund

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Photo by @shawnheinrichs // Around the world, humans kill over 11,000 sharks every single hour. As awful as that number is, the good news is that as a team we ALL have the power to start #TurningTheTide for sharks. @BlueSphereFoundation, @VulcanInc, and @SeaLegacy are on a mission to see that the fastest shark in the ocean is granted @CITES protection, critical for its survival. Sign and support #CITES4Sharks at the link in our bio; urge Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennattcen to stand up for sharks internationally and switch Canada’s vote, critical in ensuring makos' CITES protection, from "NO" to “YES”. If we act together, we can help protect the mako. #TurningTheTide
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Photo by @shawnheinrichs // Around the world, humans kill over 11,000 sharks every single hour. As awful as that number is, the good news is that as a team we ALL have the power to start #TurningTheTide for sharks. @BlueSphereFoundation, @VulcanInc, and @SeaLegacy are on a mission to see that the fastest shark in the ocean is granted @CITES protection, critical for its survival. Sign and support #CITES4Sharks at the link in our bio; urge Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennattcen to stand up for sharks internationally and switch Canada’s vote, critical in ensuring makos' CITES protection, from "NO" to “YES”. If we act together, we can help protect the mako. #TurningTheTide

shawnheinrichs We WILL save the makos! 💙🦈

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