Our Shark Research
Cinematic masterpieces, and sensationalized media reports have painted sharks as blood-thirsty monsters lurking in the shadowy depths of the oceans just waiting to strike. Our collective imagination is to blame for the vicious killer typecast that sharks now possess. In truth, you are far more likely to be killed by a bee sting, lightning strike, and even a falling coconut than a shark bite. Despite the Hollywood cliché, humans are simply not part of a shark’s menu.
Factors like bycatch, long lines, finning, overfishing, and stigma are devastating our shark populations. It is estimated that over 73,000,000 sharks will be slaughtered this year. That is a staggering rate of over 11,000 animals dead each and every hour. The reality is that if these apex predators become extinct, our oceans die with them.
Sharks possess a widespread global distribution and play a crucial role in maintaining the health of our oceans. Sharks serve as keystone! They keep prey from over-grazing vital habitats and from becoming too prevalent. Without sharks, the delicate balance of the food chain collapses. This breakdown propels other species into extinction. Removing sharks from our oceans not only tampers with a significant source of the globe’s protein supply, but also jeopardizes primary employment for millions. Did you know that the ocean produces more oxygen than all of the rain forests combined and also helps to regulate our planet’s weather?
The reality is that survival of mankind is intricately weaved into the survival of sharks. Here at Ocean’s Daughter Conservation Alliance, we firmly believe that every person can make a difference. Small everyday actions can lead to big whale changes! That is why we proudly support shark conservation and spearhead positive messaging to help remove the myths and stigma surrounding sharks. We work on both social media platforms and routinely host community outreach programs to educate people of all ages on the vulnerability and value of sharks!
Staying true to our core concept of an alliance, we also collaborate closely with shark labs around the world and support research projects aimed at preserving shark species. As an organization, we are actively working towards placing acoustic tags on tiger sharks in Bimini waters, and also seeking to build and place new receiver stations in the water to help scientists track and monitor shark migration patterns. Our research goals also extend to unlocking the secrets of tiger shark breeding grounds, and analyzing hereditary lines through state-of-the-art genetic sampling.
Orion's Guardians Program
Orion's Guardians is a program designed to connect kids with conservation! Whether it is organizing a beach clean up event, or ensuring that lights get turned off when you leave a room - little guppy actions lead to huge whale changes! It all has to begin somewhere, and each month we create a new project and animal of focus for kids to learn more about and get involved with.
Bestselling author, Richard Louv coined the term “nature-deficit disorder” to describe the increasing loss of connectivity between children and the natural world. As an organization headquartered in Florida, it is disheartening to repeatedly observe such a biodiverse region falling victim to this growing epidemic. Instead of exploring the abundance of natural treasures, youth are dedicating hours on end to a virtual reality. Nature hikes, trekking through the woods, swimming in crystal clear springs, snorkeling among coral reefs, geocaching, imaginative adventures in treehouses, and park visits are being replaced with smart phones, tablets, television, and video games. Our culture pressures families to have overwhelming schedules, overpopulates cities, and destroys outdoor habitats, all while mainstream media sensationalizes “dangers”. Combating this disease is the heart and soul of our organization’s education mission. The Orion’s Guardian program is designed to awaken the importance of conservation needs to children, and get them plugged into the issues that matter on a global scale. It is time that we connect kids with conservation, and create genuine excitement for outdoor play, exploration, and learning.
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be even more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” - Albert Einstein. Ocean’s Daughter Conservation Alliance created our own special fairy tale hero, in the form of Orion, (our Pack-Ice Killer Whale from Orion’s Order). In the final pages of our children’s book, Orion challenges children from around the world to unite and become global environmental ambassadors. Simply put, Orion’s Guardians seeks to connect kids with conservation.
Our junior scientist, Faith creates short videos designed to educate and inspire youth. Her mission is to reach children on a global scale and provide examples of every day sustainable behaviors that kids can participate in. Through this program she seeks to teach children creative ways to get involved regardless of their geographical location or cultural background. Additionally, she regularly attends community events, festivals, and other outreach awareness days throughout the state of Florida where she gives presentations to other children. Faith is confident in utilizing touch tanks, and animal ambassadors of all species during her demonstrations. She seeks to educate in an entertaining manner that destroys negative stigmas attached to many animals. Her goal is to ignite a passion for conservation and get children back outdoors. It is essential that we demonstrate that the natural world is just as exciting as the virtual world, thus shifting the focal points for these kids.