Greetings from your friends at PangeaSeed! Currently, we're suffering from post-paradise depression from a fresh awe-inspiring odyssey to Palau to first-hand document the world’s pioneering shark sanctuary. Check out the full article with interviews from key players responsible for giving sharks the first haven of it’s kind only on PangeaSeed.com!
This breathtaking video at the bottom of the text was made possible by the good people at Sam’s Tours and Ocean Wonders Productions in Palau, Micronesia. The majority of this footage was collected in one day over 3 dives. Palau is like no place on Earth rich in biodiversity.
The decision of the Palauan government to declare their territory the first sanctuary for sharks and recently declaring the same waters a sanctuary for whales, turtles, dolphins and dugongs deserves to be celebrated and shared with the world.
We can only hope the rest of the world’s governments will follow Palau’s crucial decision choosing sustainability over death and destruction.
“The strength and beauty of sharks are a natural barometer for the health of the oceans. Therefore, I declare that Palau will become the world’s first national shark sanctuary. We call upon all nations to join us.”
Above quote from Palau President Johnson Toribiong, United Nations General Assembly
With the establishment of the sanctuary, this doesn’t ensure the animals are completely protected. For many fishermen taking the risk to poach marine life in the sanctuary outweighs the possibility of being caught by authorities.
The tiny island nation declared their entire marine EEZ (roughly the size of France) a sanctuary. An ambitious declaration though an enormous challenge to patrol and enforce with limited resources and funding. You can join PangeaSeed to help support the Palau shark and marine mammal sanctuary. Save the sharks, save the oceans, save ourselves.
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