Saving Sharks with the Aquarium

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Join the Monterey Aquarium to help save sharks and saving the ocean. Sharks have roamed our oceans for millions of years, and today we’re faced with the reality that a third of open ocean sharks are threatened with extinction. Around the world two sharks die every second, up to 70 million a year.

1455015739_a40ec74ad5In many nations (including the United States), the government has stepped up to restrict or ban shark finning in their water. Even though it’s illegal to cut the fins off of a shark in U.S. water, it is still legal to own, sell, or distribute the fins. Now it’s up to the states to ban the sale of shark fins – by eliminating the market it can go a long way toward protecting sharks in the wild.

Shark populations worldwide are in serious decline. Sharks reproduce late in life and have few offspring, given the numbers of sharks dying each year it’s no surprise there is a serious decline. Two of California ports are leading points of entry for all shark fins coming into the United States.

Now Californians have a chance to take actions. Two California state legislators have introduced legislation (AB 376) that would ban the possession, sale, trade, and distribution of shark fins in California. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is proud to be a lead supporter of the bill.

Interested in visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium to learn more about sharks or other aquatic wildlife? Plan to take your time. The average visit lasts around two and a half to three hours, but you can easily spend all day enjoying the sites in the aquarium! Remember to dress in layers because Monterey County averages about 57 degrees year round. If you want to miss the rush, your best bet is visiting between 2pm-6pm; during the summer, it’s best to go during the week (Tues-Thurs). Visit their website to buy your tickets online now!

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