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EXTINCTION ENDS HERE - On the heals of Canada's announcement that they will oppose the proposed CITES Appendix 2 listing of Mako sharks, the United States has now announced they will be joining Candace in opposition. Despite the fact that the best available science unequivocally demonstrates that Mako shark populations are in serious trouble and in desperate need of protection, the management bodies who are tasked to ensure the health of our oceans, may be bending to the will of fisheries pressure and choosing short-term PROFIT over PROTECTION. How can we ask other nations with far less resources to stand for our oceans, when two of the most affluent nations in the world may choose not too? The United States has historically taken a leadership role at CITES in the conservation threatened and endangered species, and they now have an opportunity to further build on this legacy.#ExtinctionEndsHere when we decide enough is enough and that we will no longer be complicit in global crisis that is driving the loss of keystone species. It is time we join together and take a decisive stand for nature, for our the health of our planet, and for the future of all species on earth. Stay tuned as we move to call on our passionate community to raise their voice in defense of these endangered species.#cites4sharks  #bethechange  #lightonecandle@sealegacy@bluespherefoundation@lonelywhale@vulcaninc
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EXTINCTION ENDS HERE - On the heals of Canada's announcement that they will oppose the proposed CITES Appendix 2 listing of Mako sharks, the United States has now announced they will be joining Candace in opposition. Despite the fact that the best available science unequivocally demonstrates that Mako shark populations are in serious trouble and in desperate need of protection, the management bodies who are tasked to ensure the health of our oceans, may be bending to the will of fisheries pressure and choosing short-term PROFIT over PROTECTION. How can we ask other nations with far less resources to stand for our oceans, when two of the most affluent nations in the world may choose not too? The United States has historically taken a leadership role at CITES in the conservation threatened and endangered species, and they now have an opportunity to further build on this legacy. #ExtinctionEndsHere when we decide enough is enough and that we will no longer be complicit in global crisis that is driving the loss of keystone species. It is time we join together and take a decisive stand for nature, for our the health of our planet, and for the future of all species on earth. Stay tuned as we move to call on our passionate community to raise their voice in defense of these endangered species. #cites4sharks  #bethechange  #lightonecandle @sealegacy @bluespherefoundation @lonelywhale @vulcaninc

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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 my bio. Photo: @dannyunderwater #TurningTheTide @sealegacy @bluespherefoundation @vulcaninc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund

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TIME IS RUNNING OUT, ARE YOU READY TO TAKE ACTION? - 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 @bluespherefoundation and @sealegacy in letting 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 my bio. @vulcaninc @sealegacy @nakaweproject @thewcs @bluespherefoundation @sharkconservationfund
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TIME IS RUNNING OUT, ARE YOU READY TO TAKE ACTION? - 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 @bluespherefoundation and @sealegacy in letting 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 my bio. @vulcaninc @sealegacy @nakaweproject @thewcs @bluespherefoundation @sharkconservationfund

2 days ago
INTO THE LIGHT - Healing begins with you, and when you realize you are the light on love you have always been seeking, and when you create the space in your life to receive it, that which you have been seeking will find you. Super excited about tonights “Into the Light Experience”, presenting with some of my closest brothers and sisters in art and conservation, @samueljmusic and @hannahmermaid , and a cast of other incredible performers and artists, all in support of the critical work our @bluespherefoundation is doing to help safeguard the oceans 💙🐋🦈🐬💙 #lightonecandle  #bethechange  #ahimsaray
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INTO THE LIGHT - Healing begins with you, and when you realize you are the light on love you have always been seeking, and when you create the space in your life to receive it, that which you have been seeking will find you. Super excited about tonights “Into the Light Experience”, presenting with some of my closest brothers and sisters in art and conservation, @samueljmusic and @hannahmermaid , and a cast of other incredible performers and artists, all in support of the critical work our @bluespherefoundation is doing to help safeguard the oceans 💙🐋🦈🐬💙 #lightonecandle  #bethechange  #ahimsaray

3 days ago
CLIMATE CHANGE - Our climate IS changing and our planet IS warming at an alarming rate, and as a direct consequence of our excessive carbon emissions, our oceans are becoming more acidic. Though a tiny fraction of ‘scientists' debate this truth, the vast majority of climate scientists point to human activity as the primary driver of our current warming trend. Regardless, dramatic climate change is upon us and some scientists predict that the process has become auto-catalytic - even if we completely stopped all emissions today, we may be looking at another 50 years or more of warming. This possibility does not absolve us of our collective responsibility to reduce global emissions with urgency, as we owe it to all species and generations to safeguard their future on Earth. ...The environmental consequences are terrifying. We are facing the loss of 1/2 of all species one earth in the next 100 years, and the loss of over 90% of all coral reefs by mid century. Its hard not to feel powerless and defeated in the face of such dire predictions, but here is a simple truth. If we continue with our reckless ways then we are helping to ensure these dark predictions become a certainty. However, if we each embrace significant change, collectively we create the possibility for a much brighter future. So in my mind, this is our only rational course of action! ...We must act RIGHT NOW to mitigate the impact of climate change by shoring up the resilience of our marine ecosystems. It is the ABUNDANCE and DIVERSITY within these systems that will provide for the greatest resilience. Simply put, the greater diversity of corals, sea grasses, mangroves, crustaceans, fish, and marine mammals, etc, and the more we have of them, the greater possibility that our marine ecosystems will survive and recover! We MUST move with urgency to safeguard critical habitats within of our oceans, we must signficantly reduce our extraction of foundation species that support our ocean food-webs, and we must end our assault on keystone species that regulate these systems. The choice is yours and our future hinges on it.#bethechange #lightonecandle@bluespherefoundation@sealegacy@lonelywhale
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CLIMATE CHANGE - Our climate IS changing and our planet IS warming at an alarming rate, and as a direct consequence of our excessive carbon emissions, our oceans are becoming more acidic. Though a tiny fraction of ‘scientists' debate this truth, the vast majority of climate scientists point to human activity as the primary driver of our current warming trend. Regardless, dramatic climate change is upon us and some scientists predict that the process has become auto-catalytic - even if we completely stopped all emissions today, we may be looking at another 50 years or more of warming. This possibility does not absolve us of our collective responsibility to reduce global emissions with urgency, as we owe it to all species and generations to safeguard their future on Earth. ... The environmental consequences are terrifying. We are facing the loss of 1/2 of all species one earth in the next 100 years, and the loss of over 90% of all coral reefs by mid century. Its hard not to feel powerless and defeated in the face of such dire predictions, but here is a simple truth. If we continue with our reckless ways then we are helping to ensure these dark predictions become a certainty. However, if we each embrace significant change, collectively we create the possibility for a much brighter future. So in my mind, this is our only rational course of action! ... We must act RIGHT NOW to mitigate the impact of climate change by shoring up the resilience of our marine ecosystems. It is the ABUNDANCE and DIVERSITY within these systems that will provide for the greatest resilience. Simply put, the greater diversity of corals, sea grasses, mangroves, crustaceans, fish, and marine mammals, etc, and the more we have of them, the greater possibility that our marine ecosystems will survive and recover! We MUST move with urgency to safeguard critical habitats within of our oceans, we must signficantly reduce our extraction of foundation species that support our ocean food-webs, and we must end our assault on keystone species that regulate these systems. The choice is yours and our future hinges on it. #bethechange #lightonecandle @bluespherefoundation @sealegacy @lonelywhale

5 days ago
HEALING BEGINS WITH YOU - On the cusp of a global environmental crisis, where so many species are on the brink of extinction and the very biosphere that supports all life on earth appears to be racing toward collapse, how do we turn tide before its too late? At an individual level and in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, we so often feel powerless in our ability to make a real difference. But now is not the time for apathy and surrender. 💪🔥 Now is the time to do the work that must be done, heal our wounds, and embrace our individual and collective power to drive real and important change.The violence, hatred, and cruelty that is being perpetrated against mother nature is a reflection of the emptiness and disconnection that exists within all of us. Despite all of  the “miracles” of our technological advances, all the stuff we now consume and possess that make our lives “richer", all our of our social platforms that enable us to stay “connected” in every moment - we have never felt more lacking in purpose, more empty, and more disconnected from our communities than we do today. And we seek to mask our loss, to fill our emptiness, to dull our feelings of isolation, by projecting our hurt and anger on other people and species, by acquiring more stuff, and by seeking more social connections. But one can never fill a bottomless pit and our emptiness and isolation only grows, perpetuating  the cycle of disconnection, violence and destruction.We have a chance to turn this around now and it starts with you, with me, with all of us. Mother Nature needs each and everyone of us to HEAL, deeply and fully heal, and from a place of true healing, embrace our individual and collective POWER, and overflowing with LOVE, COMPASSION and ABUNDANCE, bring that healing to our Earth and all the beings who make their home here. Simply put, when we heal and show up in our highest, most healthy and powerful selves, we BECOME the LOVE and the LIGHT, and we create the future we are all seeking. 🦋🔥💙🌎✨ (@hannahmermaid shares a profoundly beautiful and vulnerable connection with a mother and calf humpback whale)#lightonecandle #bethechange #ahamisray@bluespherefoundation
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HEALING BEGINS WITH YOU - On the cusp of a global environmental crisis, where so many species are on the brink of extinction and the very biosphere that supports all life on earth appears to be racing toward collapse, how do we turn tide before its too late? At an individual level and in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, we so often feel powerless in our ability to make a real difference. But now is not the time for apathy and surrender. 💪🔥 Now is the time to do the work that must be done, heal our wounds, and embrace our individual and collective power to drive real and important change. The violence, hatred, and cruelty that is being perpetrated against mother nature is a reflection of the emptiness and disconnection that exists within all of us. Despite all of  the “miracles” of our technological advances, all the stuff we now consume and possess that make our lives “richer", all our of our social platforms that enable us to stay “connected” in every moment - we have never felt more lacking in purpose, more empty, and more disconnected from our communities than we do today. And we seek to mask our loss, to fill our emptiness, to dull our feelings of isolation, by projecting our hurt and anger on other people and species, by acquiring more stuff, and by seeking more social connections. But one can never fill a bottomless pit and our emptiness and isolation only grows, perpetuating  the cycle of disconnection, violence and destruction. We have a chance to turn this around now and it starts with you, with me, with all of us. Mother Nature needs each and everyone of us to HEAL, deeply and fully heal, and from a place of true healing, embrace our individual and collective POWER, and overflowing with LOVE, COMPASSION and ABUNDANCE, bring that healing to our Earth and all the beings who make their home here. Simply put, when we heal and show up in our highest, most healthy and powerful selves, we BECOME the LOVE and the LIGHT, and we create the future we are all seeking. 🦋🔥💙🌎✨ (@hannahmermaid shares a profoundly beautiful and vulnerable connection with a mother and calf humpback whale) #lightonecandle #bethechange #ahamisray @bluespherefoundation

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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 my bio. #CITES4Sharks #CoP18Sharks #CITES #ExtinctionEndsHere #LawsforJaws #WorthMoreAlive #SaveSharks #shark #TurningTheTide #makoshark @regisunday @stevedeneef

vulcaninc Thanks for sharing Shawn! 🖖❤️🦈

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MISCONCEPTION- 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. TRUTH - The teeth of the Mako Shark 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 my bio. #CITES4Sharks @bluespherefoundation @vulcaninc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund @thelifeofrileynz
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MISCONCEPTION- 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. TRUTH - The teeth of the Mako Shark 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 my bio. #CITES4Sharks @bluespherefoundation @vulcaninc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund @thelifeofrileynz

2 weeks ago
RACING EXTINCTION - Shortfin makos are the fastest of all sharks and one of the fastest fish on the planet, but these beautiful animals can’t outswim the threat of unsustainable fishing practices. 😢🦈 The IUCN recently increased their threatened status to Endangered. The heightened extinction risk for one of the ocean’s most iconic sharks is a stark warning that requires focused and urgent conservation measures to prevent the species being lost. The good news is: we have the power to change the future for mako sharks today. @CITES, a @UnitedNations body of some 183 member nations whose mission is to offer threatened species the management and protection they need to survive and recover, will review next month the proposal to add mako sharks to CITES Appendix II at #CoP18. This would offer the management and protection that mako sharks need to survive and recover. But their proposed #CITES listing is at risk. Certain member countries, including Canada, have publicly pledged to vote "NO." It is our hope that with your support, Canada will think twice and stand up for sharks internationally by switching their vote to "YES" and continuing their leadership as shark protectors; just as they did nationally this past June by becoming the first #G20 country to ban the #sharkfin trade. Join us and sign your name through the link in my bio, asking Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to stand up for sharks and switch their CITES vote to “YES” -- protecting the mako and fulfilling their commitment to Canada’s role in environmental leadership.  #TurningTheTide #CITES4Sharks @sealegacy @bluespherefoundation @vulcaninc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund @thelifeofrileynz @racingextinction @nakaweproject @regisunday
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RACING EXTINCTION - Shortfin makos are the fastest of all sharks and one of the fastest fish on the planet, but these beautiful animals can’t outswim the threat of unsustainable fishing practices. 😢🦈 The IUCN recently increased their threatened status to Endangered. The heightened extinction risk for one of the ocean’s most iconic sharks is a stark warning that requires focused and urgent conservation measures to prevent the species being lost. The good news is: we have the power to change the future for mako sharks today. @CITES, a @UnitedNations body of some 183 member nations whose mission is to offer threatened species the management and protection they need to survive and recover, will review next month the proposal to add mako sharks to CITES Appendix II at #CoP18. This would offer the management and protection that mako sharks need to survive and recover. But their proposed #CITES listing is at risk. Certain member countries, including Canada, have publicly pledged to vote "NO." It is our hope that with your support, Canada will think twice and stand up for sharks internationally by switching their vote to "YES" and continuing their leadership as shark protectors; just as they did nationally this past June by becoming the first #G20 country to ban the #sharkfin trade. Join us and sign your name through the link in my bio, asking Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to stand up for sharks and switch their CITES vote to “YES” -- protecting the mako and fulfilling their commitment to Canada’s role in environmental leadership. #TurningTheTide #CITES4Sharks @sealegacy @bluespherefoundation @vulcaninc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund @thelifeofrileynz @racingextinction @nakaweproject @regisunday

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Why Protecting Makos Matters to Me Personally - 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 in helping to protect Makos and add your signature to the PETITION (link in my bio). 📸 @hannahmermaid 📸 @thelifeofrileynz #weprotectwhatwelove #cites4sharks #bethechange @bluespherefoundation @sealegacy @lonelywhale

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WE CAN DO THIS - 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 @bluespherefoundation @vulcaninc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund @thelifeofrileynz

frandelgadooficial Gratitud por tu trabajo Shawn! 🔥

2 weeks ago
WE STAND TOGETHER - our species has all but wiped out there species, and now they are facing possible Extinction. Now is our chance to come together, on the international stage to take a stand for mako sharks to ensure their survival, and to show that together we can right the  injustices of the past 🙏🔥🔥Please click the link in my 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💪🦈💪(@thelifeofrileynz interacting with a Mako)#cites4sharks #weprotectwhatwelove #bethechange @bluespherefoundation @sealegacy @lonelywhale @vulcaninc
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WE STAND TOGETHER - our species has all but wiped out there species, and now they are facing possible Extinction. Now is our chance to come together, on the international stage to take a stand for mako sharks to ensure their survival, and to show that together we can right the injustices of the past 🙏🔥🔥 Please click the link in my 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💪🦈💪 (@thelifeofrileynz interacting with a Mako) #cites4sharks #weprotectwhatwelove #bethechange @bluespherefoundation @sealegacy @lonelywhale @vulcaninc

2 weeks ago
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