22/06/2018

Ocean Ramsey

The Story of “Mufasa” the Whale Shark

    "Did you know whale sharks are now an endangered species? Sadly these gentle giants are being brought closer and closer to extinction as they are being killed at unsustainable rates. This is all done just for their fins, one of the most prized species in the wasteful fin trade due to the large size and beautiful pattern. Whale sharks are the largest shark species. They are filter feeders and one of the most gentle, docile, and in my opinion, one of the most beautiful and unique species of sharks. I met Mufasa, a very old whale shark during a research trip to document individuals present at certain areas around the world, where we looked at gender, size, patterns, scars, and site fidelity (how often they spent time in certain areas). One day while I was filming another shark, one swam up from behind me and gently grazed my hand with his pectoral fin like a passing hi-five. I dropped my GoPro and turned to see the largest whale shark I have ever seen, who I then named Mufasa."

    He was like the grandfather of all the whale sharks, the largest, he had likely lived through generations of finning that had previously been allowed in the area before whale sharks were given protection because people wanted to pay to see them alive. The global economic value of a live shark far out weighs the value of the fins in the shark fin soup trade and eco-tourism is also sustainable and has multi-level benefits to local economies and the environment. Please help support responsible eco-tourism that supports research and responsible boating through their known aggregation sites. Be a voice for those without and help keep whale sharks like Mufasa from going extinct. Mahalo (thank you) for purchasing this suit and telling people that inquire about the plight of whale sharks and the ocean and how they too can help keep sharks from going extinct.



    The Water Print

    "To me this water piece represents life. I feel the water and the ocean is the connective medium that links us all together. It also reminds me to live life to the fullest - whether I’m on top of the water surfing, on a boat, or in the water surrounded by sharks, whales, dolphins and more - these the best and deepest moments of my life. I hope this piece inspires and helps you to live life to the fullest, enjoy your time better in the water, and especially to make choices and take action to protect our waters because it is so important to all life. Please help to reduce, reuse, and recycle for future generations to enjoy."

The “Lady Shark”

    “Sharks are the most threatened species of animal on the planet. They are also one of the most important to the health of the ocean, which we all rely on for approximately 70% of the air we breatheand more. Sharks function as the immune system of the ocean asthey are the white blood cells picking off the dead, dying, weak, sick, and injured. They keep diseases from spreading and keep the lower trophic level populations healthy and in balance. Unfortunately, they have been misrepresented for generations leading people to think they are nothing but mindless monsters. The reality is sharks are intelligent, generally cautious, and extremely non-confrontational. They rarely make mistakes and the average global fatality due to a mistaken identity bite or competitive bite is 10 people. More peopledie from coconuts, drowning, and insect bites.

    In contrast, humans are responsible for the deaths of 70-100 million sharks every year. Most are killed only for their fins for shark fin soup, which wastes 95% of the shark for a mere status symbol and is causingthe collapse of fisheries and reef ecosystems around the globe. Please help reverse the damage done by this unsustainable and wasteful practice of killing sharks by raising awareness to their plight and educating others of their importance. I hope this piece will inspire you to give sharks a deeper look and a voice to help speak up forthem and the ocean as a whole when people inquire about your very unique and meaningful piece. Mahalo (thank you) for speaking up forthose without a voice and helping us highlight a majestic beauty ofour marine life.”