Just as we were finishing up packing for the move, I finished my shark hat (pattern by Heidi Yates).
I also wore it to the hardware store as we were picking up the last of the cleaning supplies that we needed to clean up the apartment we were leaving behind. Walking through the store wearing a shark hat you can tell who has a stick up their butt. There were a few people who were politely trying not to laugh and a few kids who were totally enamored with it.
I love my shark hat. Everyone needs a shark hat. In fact I am going to be adding them to my Etsy store soon. I need to figure out pricing on them. I also want to make up some other shark items to add to the store. I’m on a bit of a shark kick at the moment…
Fair warning, I’m going to go off on a bit of a tangent here…
As I was making the hat, I showed one of my daughters the hat I was making and made some comment about how I needed it for Shark Week. She told me, “You don’t even like Shark Week.”
Excuse me? Just because I don’t celebrate Shark Week with a Sharknado film fest doesn’t mean I’m not into Shark Week.
I mentioned this exchange to a friend of mine who said “Documentaries, or go home.”
That’s the thing. With things like Sharknado and Sharktopus (the Sharktopus franchise is going to ensure Roger Corman remains the low budget cult movie king) people have forgotten that Shark Week is supposed to be about education and awareness, not cult B-movies.
I came across information about shark finning and it really upset me. Sharks are caught, their fins cut off while the shark is still alive, and then rest of the shark is thrown back to drown. All because shark fin soup is a status symbol in China. Yamaha Outboard even hosts a shark fishing event where threatened mako sharks are caught.
Humans kill around 273 million sharks each year. That’s a lot of sharks and it threatens the health of our oceans.
There are 465 species of sharks in the world. Of those 26 species are endangered (11 of those 26 are on the critically endangered list), 48 are vulnerable and 67 are well on their way to being listed as a vulnerable species. This means that over the last 10 years close to half the population of each of these shark species have disappeared. The remaining 209 species, there isn’t enough information on currently to classify them.
So this is what I am going to do. I am going to be crocheting shark hats and other shark items (stuffed sharks, shark bags, shark slippers, etc) and a portion of what I make is going to go to one or more shark conservation groups. I am looking at a couple of groups that I would like to support and want to research each of them further before making a decision.