Day 299 4/21/14: Run for the Sharks!

To raise money for a Bay Area shark sanctuary, Shark Stewards is sponsoring Run for the Sharks, in the San Francisco Bay to the Breakers race this May 18 ! Dust off your full-length shark costume and join the well-organized madness! To  register to run, click here.

If you’re really bananas, you can also join The Shark Centipede--a group of 14 costumed runners who run the race attached to one another.ay_108346262-e1366561007690-1

Here are some other ways to help out:

Buy a handmade  Pura Vida bracelet for $5 to support shark conservation, or sponsor a runner.  

If designing inventive yet maneuverable shark costumes is your bag, or you’d like to donate $ or be a corporate sponsor, click here and scroll to the bottom.

Day 120 10/23/13: Alcatraz Swim for the Sharks!

imagesLooking for a productive & meaningful way to celebrate Sharktober?

Feel like taking a round-trip swim around Alcatraz to raise funds for shark conservation?

Me neither.

(I love sharks, but I’m not quite there. Yet.)

Luckily, some folks at Shark Stewards are willing to brave the frigid Northern waters for us.

By sponsoring a swimmer in Shark Stewards’ “Swim for the Sharks” event on Oct. 25, you fund research about Bay Area shark populations and help create the first shark sanctuary in North America. For a $25 donation you can join the post-swim fun at Sharks and Mermaids Ball. A $500 gift=a biologist-led day trip for two to the shark-centric Farallon Islands.

Click here to sponsor a swimmer!

Day 1 6/26/13 Love Makes a Family: Adopt a Shark

Shark Stewards offers symbolic adoptions of the sharks it tags and releases in the waters of the San Francisco Bay.

Today I became the proud surrogate parent of a hammerhead.

Here are some fun facts about this odd fish:

  • Hammerheads swim in large schools that sometimes exceed 100 sharks during the day, but at night are solitary hunters.
  • The oddly shaped hammerhead (known as a cephalofoil) is used for navigation and to detect and trap prey such as stingrays
  • Like humans, hammerheads have stereo vision, (each eye gets a slightly different view of an object), fantastic depth perception and better vision than other sharks.
  • In 2001, a captive female bonnethead (a type of hammerhead) gave birth to a shark without having had previous contact with a male. While “virgin birth” or parthenogenesis had been seen in birds, snakes and reptiles, until 2001, it had never been documented in sharks.