According to YouTube user CalSmack the nurse shark seen in the video had been hooked on a fishing line, which still had a weight attached to it. The line had become entangled in the surrounding coral preventing the shark from moving. Having nothing to cut the line with but his room key, the snorkeler seen in the video managed to sever line “as close to the shark’s mouth” as he could allowing the nurse shark to swim away freely. Kudos to the snorkeler for his efforts!
Minneapolis’ Star Tribune recently ran a feature about 7-year-old shark enthusiast, Sophi Bromenshenkel. Sophi, a second-grader, is known as “the shark girl” at Sheridan Hills Elementary in Richfield, MN. She recently raised $2,450 through lemonade and cookie sales which were promoted online. Sophi donated the funds she collected to University of Miami’s R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program. She already has a tiger shark named after her through the program and recently traveled to Miami to participate in the tagging of a bull shark, which was named after her uncle.
Sophi hopes that her efforts will help to protect sharks, so that they are still around for her see when she grows up. Sophi represents a prime example of shark conservation in action. Kudos to Sophi “the shark girl!”