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Shark Awareness Day

Shark in Ocean

About Shark Awareness Day

When is Shark Awareness Day? This holiday is always celebrated on July 14

There are about a billion sharks in the ocean celebrating this holiday. today is Shark Awareness Day. The real goal of this July 14 holiday is to provide education and awareness of the importance of sharks to the ecosystems of our world’s oceans.

Sharks date back 455 million years ago, much farther back than dinosaurs, which roamed the earth a mere 230 million years ago. Along the way, sharks have gotten a bad reputation from movies, and from the media (what would the media be without media sensationalism!?), which constantly provides graphic reports of shark attacks.

While we are made to be deathly afraid of sharks, the truth of the matter is that sharks are generally more afraid of us. And rightly so, as humans kill 100 million sharks (of all sizes) a year. Worldwide, sharks only cause an average of 7 deaths and 70 reported attacks a year. Many sharks are endangered species. For example, sharks are sought for shark fin soup and shark tooth jewelry. We don’t mean to underplay the importance to be alert to the dangers of sharks. Rather, we want to make you aware of the importance of sharks to the health of our oceans.

Museums around the world celebrate Shark Awareness Day by holding educational awareness programs, teaching us the importance of sharks in maintaining a healthy balance in the ocean ecosystem. At the top of the ocean food chain, sharks help to eliminate weak and sick members of ocean fish species and keep the whole system in balance.  

Today’s Theme Song: Baby Shark

Today’s Movie: Jaws (1975) and Jaws 2 (1978)

Shark in Aquarium

Shark Trivia

There are an estimated 1 billion sharks in the oceans of the world.

They have been around for about 455 million years.

Approximately 100 million are killed annually.

Amazingly, there are over 5,400 species of sharks.

The dwarf lanternshark is the smallest, measuring just 8.3 inches long.

The largest shark in the world is the whale shark. It can reach over 60 feet long and weigh over 20 tons.

Their skin feels like sandpaper.

Sharks do not have bones. They have cartilaginous tissues to support the framework of their body.

Did You Know? The odds of being attacked by a shark is 1 in 11.5 million. You have to be in the ocean to be bitten by one. The odds of being struck by lightning is 1 in 600,000. Lightning can strike you anywhere on the planet.

How to Celebrate and Participate in Shark Awareness Day

There are many things you can do to join in on the fun on Shark Awareness Day. Here are a few ideas:

  • When swimming or wading in the ocean, always be on the alert for their presence.
  • Learn more about them through documentaries and education programs.
  • Watch a movie about them. May we recommend the movie Jaws?
  • See them at an aquarium.
Shark Feeding

Today's Quote

“You don’t need anybody to tell you what you are or who you are. You are what you are!” – – John Lennon

History and Origin of Shark Awareness Day

Our research did not find the creator or the origin of this day. We suspect museums holding educational programs on sharks, somehow led to the creation of this day.  

More July 14 Holidays

Here are more July 14 holidays we are sure you will enjoy:

Bastille Day

Pandemonium Day

National Macaroni and Cheese Day

Motorcycle Day – second Friday in July

National Nude Day

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