Sharks 4 Kids
Planet Love Life has partnered with Sharks4Kids, a non-profit organization creating the next generation of shark advocates through education, outreach and adventure. In support of their cause, we are donating 10% from the sale of every Sharks 4 Kids charm bracelet and to this fintastic organization. We applaud their efforts and ask you to join us in support of their cause.
The goal of Sharks4Kids is to create a new generation of shark advocates through access to a dynamic range of educational materials. Their team brings together scientists, educators, conservationists and professional videographers to create a unique opportunity for the next generation to learn why sharks need kids and kids need sharks.Curriculum, games and activities will allow teachers to integrate shark education into their science programs on an introductory, intermediate or advanced level. Students can access games, activities and info sheets to satisfy their own curiosity about sharks. Photos and videos from scientists and conservationists bring an exciting element into the classroom and show students the beauty of the ocean. Sharks4Kids will also fund first hand experiences for students in the South Florida area as well as coordinating classroom visits across the country.
The scientific name for the nurse shark sounds like something Harry Potter said to defeat Voldermort: Ginglymostoma cirratum. The origin of the name "nurse shark" is unclear. It may come from the sucking sound they make when hunting for prey in the sand, which vaguely resembles that of a nursing baby. Or it may derive from an archaic word, nusse, meaning cat shark. The most likely theory though is that the name comes from the Old English word for sea-floor shark: hurse.
Nurse sharks are slow-moving bottom-dwellers and are, for the most part, harmless to humans. They use their strong jaws to crush and eat shellfish and even coral, but prefer to dine on fish, shrimp, and squid. They are gray-brown and have distinctive tail fins that can be up to one-fourth their total length. Unlike most other sharks, nurses are smooth to the touch.
Nurse sharks are found in the warm, shallow waters of the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific oceans. They are abundant throughout their range and have no special conservation status, although the closeness of their habit to human activities is putting pressure on the species.
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