Diving on the east coast of Australia is incredible; warm tropical seas or cool temperate waters, both support an amazing array of marine life. Great schools of fish swarm in the dappled sunlight with perhaps a passing turtle or ray in the background. But at a handful of dive sites you see none of this; your eyes are firmly fixed on the circling grey nurse sharks.
Shark Guardian, a nonprofit organization founded by Brendon Sing, is standing up for shark protection and inspiring the masses to put their shark passion to action. Sing takes the Shark Guardian presentation international, traveling and presenting to massive audiences about the importance of shark species, why they’re in trouble and what we can do about it.
“We make it clear that sharks are vitally important for the health and ecological balance of our oceans. We must save our sharks and protect our oceans, to save ourselves,” said Sing.
We are emptying the ocean of sharks. As a diver and a global citizen acting locally, you can play a critical role in saving sharks. Here’s why your actions to protect sharks are so important:
Nearly one out of five shark species is classified by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) as Threatened with extinction. That doesn’t even include hundreds of species (almost half of all sharks) whose population status cannot be assessed because of lack of information. Scientists warn that, in actuality, a third of sharks might already be threatened.