WATCH OUR VIDEO - Weymouth Sealife Reveals The Plight Of The Shark
12:46pm 15th October 2014
(Updated 12:49pm 15th October 2014)
They're not so big and not so bad but they are in real danger.
That's the message which Weymouth's Sealife Centre is telling to get across to us as part of Sharks Weeks.
Alarming research shows there are fewer Great White sharks left in our seas than there are tigers left on the earth, whilst tens of millions of sharks are cruelly killed every year for their fins. Sea Life centres will also be calling on visitors to sign a petition put forward by the Shark Alliance to tighten laws on shark finning.
Glen Porter from Sealife Centre told Wessex FM; "You cannot catch sharks for food as they are unstainable yet what they will do is catch a shark out at sea and cut off its fins while it's still alive, then dropping the shark back into the water, letting it drown. Then their claim if they're caught is they've not caught a shark but part of a shark instead."
Weymouth Sea Life Park has a variety of shark species including bonnethead sharks, blacktip reef sharks, nurse sharks, guitar sharks, epaulette sharks, starry smooth hound sharks and Port Jackson sharks to name but a few.
Shark Weeks is taking place between 11th-24th October.
Included in admission, guests will discover a close encounter with various shark species and enjoy many fun and memorable activities throughout your visit including games, competitions, the chance to win a pop badge and shark feed, talks, colouring, activity packs for children and 'Shark Watch' for adults.