Scuba Junkies' Shark Week, Pulau Mabul, Sabah, Malaysia kicked off spectacularly with the tagline - '400 million years to perfect - 30 years to almost destroy' to inspire support for their shark conservation efforts.
Here in Mabul shark week participants were buzzing from seeing 147 sharks and rays in ONE day! Don’t you all wish you were diving around Mabul! On the first day of Shark Week, which is running 1-7th March, a lucky group of divers saw a whale shark and a breaching thresher shark at Sipadan, and at Si Amil all divers saw a school of over 50 devil rays!
Scuba divers jumped into the new year with a splash taking on a fit, fun and healthy Finathon challenge. What a great way to begin 2014. A Finathon is the perfect incentive to get fit, feel good and raise funds for your favourite ocean icon – the shark.
If you're enjoying a hot summer's day in California - it's a perfect day for a Finathon! "Thank you to Miranda and the team at Oceanside Scuba & Swim, California for their generosity in hosting me for their Project AWARE Finathon on August 31st. We swam in beautiful Southern California weather and raised awareness and funds for shark and ray protection," said Alex Earl, Executive Director, Project AWARE Foundation.
How far could you swim for sharks? The Master Divers FINtastic trioswam 22.5km around Koh Tao in 7 hours 56 minutes! Sensational swimmer Gene completed the first leg of the relay (3.6km) in 1 hour 15 minutes! A huge congratulations to Finathon Swimming Champs extraordinaire Wilco, Ayesha and Gene.
An around-the-island snorkel boat followed the swimmers giving people the chance to snorkel, cheer the swimmers on and look for sharks at sites where they are known to frequent.
Ten weeks ago, Project AWARE began the search for 100 Finathon Champions and we found you! In just ten weeks, 154 Finathon Champions, 40 teams and 50 children under the age of 10 raised nearly $50,000 by swimming to end finning. Thank you!
Together, you swam nearly 600km, shaved your heads, swam in shark costumes and organized other creative events to show your passion for shark protection. And all with one jawesome goal - swimming to end finning.
Have you ever heard of a gal shaving her head on her birthday? In the name of shark protection? That’s just what Divemaster, Heather Murray did during Project AWARE’s global Finathon™ - smashing her fundraising target and raising more than $8000 to support sharks. We couldn’t be more inspired!
Finathon Champion Sally Sonnex is all set to swim for sharks this month. And she’s even found the time to create an extra special ‘Thank you’ for her supporters.
It’s Sally’s personal and creative thank you idea that we love. Sally discovered a beautiful website www.papersharks.org and took the time to fold origami ‘thank you’ sharks for all her friends and colleagues who made a gift in support of this unique cause.
Our eight youngest Finathon champions aged three to seven swam a Fintastic 1160 metres this week for sharks. They loved creating their shark hats and showing off their diplomas before the school day started. With the kids at school, Instructor Development Philippines kicked off and swam a total collective distance of 100km. Incredible!
This July, Project AWARE is looking for Finathon™ Champions to join the race to protect sharks. Amongst the many divers and dive centres who have responded to our call to raise awareness and challenge funds to support shark conservation so far, Lucas Schmitz is definitely going the extra mile.
From July 06th, Lucas will embark on a Cycling Trip across Europe to make it loud and clear that we need to put an end to the unsustainable killing of sharks before it's too late.