There are few people in the world who possess the breadth and depth of knowledge about the ocean environment that Dr. Guy Harvey does. By combining his unique talents of art and science, he's able to take the everyday person to places that most will never visit. In this case, it is to the dorsal fin of the largest fish in the sea –– the whale shark.
About this time every year, these animals congregate in the waters off of Isla Mujeres, Mexico. It's the perfect opportunity to study, tag, and monitor these creatures so that we can begin to better understand their pelagic lives. 4ocean, in partnership with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, is part of a very unique expedition to attach satellite tags to whale sharks so that their movements and behaviors can be analyzed, which will hopefully give us a better understanding of their migratory patterns and way of life. Look at the size of these fish! How can you not want to know more about them?
These satellite tags, once attached, will add to an ongoing data set that is only being just understood. Check out this website to track the whale sharks that are sending back information on an almost daily basis.
When you purchase a 4ocean Whale Shark Bracelet, you'll help us raise awareness about the endangered whale shark and the importance of the research happening at the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. As we make scientific advancements that help us understand this species, we can do more to protect them for generations to come.
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Florida is known as the "Fishing Capital of the World," but in recent years, the world-renowned fisheries of the coastal estuaries and Everglades have been in decline as a direct result of decades of water mismanagement. To raise awareness about a unique ecosystem on the verge of collapse, we released the Everglades Bracelet in partnership with Captains For Clean Water, a nonprofit organization who's been on the front lines of the fight for the restoration of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We teamed up with the Miami Police Department Marine Division and their Youth Police Explorers to clean up Pace Picnic Island in Miami's famous Biscayne Bay, which is home to many endangered species and other fish and animals that need protection from ocean plastic pollution. And, wow, wait until you see some of the things that we found during the cleanup.
When most people think about the Florida Everglades, the last thing they probably think about is Disney World, EPCOT, and Universal Studios. But the reality is, just south and east of these world-famous Orlando theme parks, there is a little-known waterway called Shingle Creek winding its way behind such luxurious resorts as the Ritz Carlton, the Rosen, and JW Marriott. Surprisingly enough, this is where the water story begins –– this is where Everglades begins. And unfortunately, where the problems begin, too.