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Deep Blue

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  1. 1. THE STORY OF DEEP BLUE When I saw DEEP BLUE for the first time, there was just one thought in my mind: HOPE. A shark of that size is at least 50 years old and that tells me protection and conservation efforts are really working. DEEP BLUE has been spared from longlines and the inherent dangers of being in the wild, and somehow she has found her way in the vast ocean. During November and December, we have seen several White Shark pregnant females like DEEP BLUE in Guadalupe Island feeding on seals, satisfying their needs to feed their pups. They remain in this protected area for a few months but now there is a new challenge. This amazingly enormous female is carrying several little baby White Sharks, just waiting to be swimming free in the Ocean. When White Sharks are about to give birth, they get close to the shore and deliver their pups in shallow areas, known as nursery grounds, which are full of food and free of predators. Unfortunately, these areas are close to shore and are very vulnerable to several human threats and DEEP BLUE, her pups and fellow White Sharks need your help!
  2. 2. NEW BORN Baby white sharks are caught in lines and nets in shallow waters used as nursery grounds PREGNANT FEMALES Pregnant females close to the shore are an easy target for gill nets that kill them by asphyxiation ILLEGAL TRADE The very high value of White Shark teeth, jaws and fins mean that bycatch of this species is very likely THREATS TO WHITE SHARK POPULATIONS
  3. 3. WHO WE ARE: PELAGIOS KAKUNJA Pelagios-Kakunjá is a non-profit organization that seeks to understand movements and migratory patterns of marine top predators. We aim to generate baseline information for the regional management and implementation of conservation strategies for sharks and other top marine predators in the Mexican Pacific. Our main goal in Guadalupe Island is to tag the pregnant White Shark females and determine the nursery grounds there are being used near shore in order to give the Mexican Government the tools to protect them. Your donations to help save the White Sharks are tax deductible in the United States, Mexico, and other countries. If you are willing to helps us to protect these majestic animals in the DEEP BLUE OCEAN please make a donation on the following link: http://pelagioskakunja.org/en/donate/ When you make a deposit or an electronic transfer, please send a confirmation email to [email protected] WE THANK YOU AND THE SHARKS THANK YOU!
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