Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Oscar's Christmas blog

Hi everyone so sorry for not blogging at all since Nov.20 but I forgot Oops! Well anyway I'm hear now so I can tell you about Sharks."Number of Sharks killed by fishers each year: 30 to 100 million.Greatest threat to Sharks:Human.Percentage of Shark species threatened with extinction:Up to 80."Well that's all I know for today well I might see you tomorrow I know it is a little late but Merry Christmas!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sharks are cool!

Hello everyone so,so,so sorry I have not been bloging,but with school it's really hard to keep bloging plus at school there is a play and I need to learn my lines so things have been out of hand. But I will give you all a good blog today and I will try to do my blog as much as I can .Here is the blog for today."Sharks have to keep moving forward if they stop the shark will drown, because the sharks gill slits will close."Well that is all for today. I wrote todays fact just to let you know. Well see you next weekend.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Sharks

Hi every one so sorry I have not been blogging. I was so busy with school and homework so I could not do my blog but today I will give you a really good blog. Well here is my Halloween blog about sharks.

Shark fact for today is:

"Between 30 and 80 percent of a shark's flesh is made of water. A protein network gives the flesh its structure Shark teeth are popular and often inexpensive beach souvenirs. Sharks shed their teeth constantly, and once one falls to the ocean floor, it's quickly covered with sand. It soaks up sediments like silica and calcite, which change the tooth's color from white to gray or brown".

I got all this info from shark week discovery channel well now that is it and have a happy Halloween!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Super shark stuff.

Hi it's me Oscar and I think I'm just going to tell you the info and facts today.

" Contrary to popular belief, sharks aren't color blind. Divers have claimed for years that sharks are attracted to certain colors, such as the "yummy yellow" of some wetsuits. While color preference hasn't been proven, scientists know that some sharks that live in well-lit environments have developed cone cells that are just like the ones humans use to distinguish colors.

Sharks' skeletons are made entirely of cartilage, an elastic tissue that is much softer than bones. When a shark dies, salt from the ocean water completely dissolves its skeleton, leaving only the shark's teeth behind.

Sharks' eyes are on the sides of their heads, so they have an amazingly wide sight line spanning nearly 360 degrees. Their panoramic view of the undersea world is inhibited only by two blind spots, one in front of the snout and the other directly behind the head."

Did you know:

"Jaws wasn't the first time sharks have been given a bad rap. Ancient Greek historian Herodotus claimed that a group of sharks destroyed a Persian fleet in the 5th century B.C., which may have been the first time sharks were tagged with a killer reputation."
Well now I have finished my blog. Remember sharks aren't scary they are just different!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

"Sharks need our protection"

Hi everyone I found something so cool that I think that you sould take a look too, its called Shark finning - Sea shepherd. I think its cool because the Sea Shepherd was in the movie Sharkwater and before they were saving the sharks, they were saving the whales. When I saw the Sea Shepherd in the movie, I thought it was cool because they helped Rob Stewart save the sharks.

Oh I sould tell you what a little about it.

"The position of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is that no sharks should be killed and should be given complete global protection under law. Sea Shepherd has long fought the practice of longlining and regularly confiscates illegal killer lines (and nets) from the oceans.

Protecting sharks is a more difficult job than protecting dolphins or seals. From the point of view of public relations, seals are cute and dolphins have that lovely natural smile. The shark, in contrast, shows its teeth and, hence, they look menacing.

However, dolphin lovers should know that fishermen kill and cut up dolphins for shark bait for their longline hooks.

I think this website is really neat but I think it is sad that long line fishermen are hurting two different species.

How do you think we can put an end to this?

I think we should take away their BOATS because then they won't have any way to get out onto the ocean! Paddle boats and sail boats aren't as fast as motor boats, and the sharks would just bite the little plastic rafts! So the long line fishermen would have NO CHOICE but to give it up!!

See you next weekend!

Remember, sharks aren't scary they are just different!!


Monday, September 6, 2010

Vegetarian Shark Fin Soup & comedy facts about sharks

Hi everyone I was just looking at this blog called Red Cook and it is cool! You should look at it too. It's so cool because it talks about banning shark finning! Isn't that AMAZING!?? There is also a recipe for Shark fin soup made out of VEGETABLES instead of shark fins!! I think that's great because I like sharks and because it doesn't use shark fins!!

This is the recipe from the Red Cook blog:

Vegetarian Shark Fin Soup
Preparation time: 45 minutes
Slow cooking time: 30 minutes

7 oz. konnyaku (Japanese yam cake, preferably with seaweed powder)
4 oz. bamboo shoots
2 oz. dried wood ear mushrooms
2 oz. dried kelp
4 cups vegetarian stock
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 egg
Cornstarch slurry made from 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 1/4 cup water
12 oz. mung bean sprouts
1/2 cup Chinkiang black vinegar

Prepare the vegetarian stock according to the recipe in my previous post. Reconstitute both the wood ear mushrooms and the kelp in warm water for about 15 minutes. In the meantime julienne the konnyaku cake and the bamboo shoots in very fine shreds. Set aside. Julienne both the wood ear mushrooms and the kelp in very fine shreds as well. Be sure to cut the kelp against the grain. Set aside.

Clip both ends of the mung bean sprouts and keep only the crunchy white part. Known as “silver sprout” or yin ya, these sprouts regularly accompany shark fin soup. Blanch them in boiling water for just about a minute. Drain and set aside.

After straining the vegetarian stock, bring the liquid to a boil in a large pot. Add all the ingredients for the soup except the egg and cornstarch slurry. Simmer the soup for about 20 minutes then add the cornstarch slurry and continue to cook until the broth thickens. Beat the egg in a bowl. Swirl the egg into the soup and keep cooking for another minute or two, or until the egg is completely cooked. Serve the soup piping hot with silver sprouts and Chinkiang black vinegar separately and on the site.

Also this is cool! My mom saw this on Sharkwater's facebook page:

Rob Stewart is on the The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson for a candid evening of shark ‘tales’ and myth-busting! Craig Ferguson recently starred in the TV special Shark Bites: Adventures in Shark Week on Discovery Channel US, which follows Craig his on his first experience diving with sharks.

Don’t miss Rob on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson!Tune in to CBS on Tuesday night 12:35am EST.

This is my dad's shark "fact":
Some of you may be surprised to know that the San Jose Sharks aren't sharks at all, but a professional hockey team. Talk about misleading names.

So now you know the difference and now it's over and I say good-bye until next week end.
Remember, sharks aren't scary they are just different!!


Friday, August 27, 2010

If I were a shark, I would eat my sister

Hello it is me, Oscar and I would like to say that with school coming back it's going to be even harder to remember to do my blog because there will be homework, tests and a lot things to remember. Oh I forget all the time, well guess it's time to tell you today's information so here it is

"Almost all sharks like to do their hunting solo, but scalloped hammerhead sharks prefer to travel in schools during their summer migration."

Well let's get to today's fact. YAAAAAAAAAA!

"Sharks that eat their siblings' eggs in the womb aren't vicious. They're just seeking out nutrients to sustain themselves as they grow."

That means if me & my sister were in my moms tummy at the same time and I ate my sister OR she ate me,it wouldn't mean we were bad it just means that me or her were REALLY hungry. Well I guess I should put my link so you can look at it.

Remember Sharks aren't scary. They are just different!
Also, shark finning guys: THINK ABOUT IT! what have sharks ever done to YOU!?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Aquarium of the Pacific

Hi I'm sorry I was not blogging I had a vacation to my grandma's house but I am back. Oh you should check out Aquarium of the Pacific. It is a great site. Oh I all most forgot here is the info.

Sharks have endured at least four global mass extinctions, when much of life on Earth perished. Modern sharks have evolved from families 150 to 25 million years ago. Their incredible designs have served them remarkably well. But now people have become the top predators, and shark populations are declining—some say by as much as 90 percent. Wasteful and destructive fishing practices have contributed to the dramatic decline of many species. Somewhere between 30-100 million sharks die each year due to fishing activity.

Fact: Basking sharks are slow moving sharks that belong to the family Cetorhinidae and the genus Cetorhinus.

Well that is all for today and remember Sharks are not scary.They are just different. Have a good day see you tomorrow

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

"Sustainable Seafood. No Catch!"

On the weekend, me and my mom went to Superstore and we were in the Seafood department and I spotted this sign. I thought it was REAL COOL because they weren't selling Shark!

The sign says they don't sell sea creatures that are at risk!! It just makes my day because they aren't selling shark which helps sharks survive longer! As they say, every little bit helps!

Looks like Superstore is another store my family will be visiting a lot because THEY CARE!!

I took a pamphlet home that says, "Sustainable Seafood. NO CATCH!"

"We believe healthy oceans are vital to a healthy planet. We're working hard to ensure that all of the wild and farm raised seafood and fish in our stores are sustainably sourced by the end of 2013.

"Sustainable products are carefully harvested to help conserve marine wildlife and preserve their natural habitat, while also protecting the future of the communities with which we work.

"We're proud to take a stand and become an even more responsible retailer. For more information visit http://www.oceansfortomorrow.ca/ or call 1-800-296-2332

Here's what we are doing:

Removing species that are at risk:


Chilean Sea Bass Sablefish or Pacific Halibut
Orange Roughy Pacific Sole, Tilapia or Basa Fillets (frozen)
Shark Marlin, Swordfish or Tuna
Ask the seafood dept. for suggestions

Working hard to offer a great variety of MSC-certified products:

We currently offer a wide assortment of MSC-certified President's Choice and Seaquest shrimp, scallops, salmon, cod, halibut and tuna products.

Look for this symbol:

The Marine Council Stewardship (MSC) is a non-profit international organization working to promote the sustainable harvesting of fish.

"Continuously working with WWF and other seafood experts to find more sources of sustainable seafood

"By taking these steps we're becoming a more responsoible retailer and we're giving our customers the option to choose sustainably sourced seafood. We want to be your #1 seafood destination.

"Get on board with us!"

I think this is great! Its not only helping sharks but other sea creatures. And I think that's just AWESOME!!! But we need to get other grocery stores doing the same thing. Good for Superstore for being a leader and taking a stand!! They care! Do you?

Remember! Sharks aren't scary, they're just different!

See ya tomorrow!

Monday, August 9, 2010

"The world revolves around sharks".

Hi it's me Oscar sorry I was not Blogging we were very busy,but now I'm not busy now so I can give you the info you need to know that you didn't know before.

Did you know:
Sharks hunt by staying far enough away to remain hidden but close enough to Strike?

Sharks have an amazingly wide sightline spanning nearly 360 degrees?

Some female sharks can get pregnant without ever touching a male?

Oh I'm doing this myself!!

That is cool: Only found on the males Pelvic fin is the Clasper.

Well that is all I will see you tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Hi that show, Man vs, Fish, was great like SO cool I had to say it two times! Well should give you today's Shark Fact so here it is.

"Sharks are a type of fish with a full cartilaginous skeleton and a highly streamlined body. The earliest known sharks date from more than 420 million years ago, before the time of the dinosaurs.

Since that time, sharks have diversified into 440 species, ranging in size from the small dwarf lanternshark, Etmopterus perryi, a deep sea species of only 17 centimetres (6.7 in) in length, to the whale shark, Rhincodon typus, the largest fish, which reaches approximately 12 metres (39 ft 4 in) and which feeds only on plankton, squid, and small fish by filter feeding."

Did you know:

"Sharks are a critical part of marine ecosystems, a source for knowledge to help the human condition, and the basis of a valuable fishery."
Well that's all see ya later.

PS I did this blog all by myself!

Monday, August 2, 2010

The Mako Shark

I just finished watching Man vs. Fish on the Discovery Channel. It was about catching sharks, putting tags on them and then releasing them.

No shark is faster than the Mako, the most amazing sharks. Only a bunch of fish can only outrun it. Two-thirds of its brain is devoted to smell.

The Salmon shark is 10-feet long and weighs 500lbs!

The Tiger shark is 10ft and weighs 850lbs!

On the show, the Hammerhead shark they caught was over 1,000 lbs!!

The nine known species range from 0.9 to 6 m (3.0 to 20 ft) long. The average hammerhead shark weighs about 500 pounds, but some may grow up to 1000. All the species have a projection of their face on all sides of the head that gives it a resemblance to a flattened hammer.
source: Wikipedia
I learned that people shouldn't fear the Mako, they should respect it.
I thought this show was GREAT!
Remember: Sharks aren't scary. They're just different!
Sorry I wasn't blogging while I was in Canmore. I was goofing around. Oops.

Shark Week is THIS WEEK on Discovery Channel! Each day I will be watching an episode and blogging about what I learn.

Did You Know?
Did you know you're more likely to get bitten by another person than a shark?

Did you know there's a cave in Mexico where sharks can take a break from a life of constant swimming?

Did you know that the moon directly affects sharks' eating habits and their proximity to shore?
If you could swim with a shark, which one would it be?
I would swim with a Whale Shark - its the safest one to swim with. Actually, I wouldn't mind swimming with any shark! That would be pretty cool!
Don't forget to join my Facebook fan page and follow me on twitter!
Remember. Sharks aren't scary. They're just different!

Friday, July 23, 2010

New thing's

I'm going to Canmore but this time I'm doing my blog there, oh almost forgot to tell you my shark info here it is.

"Recent studies have discovered a new fossil shark relative that contradicts the belief that chondrichthyans or sharks and their relatives are primitive due to their jaw characteristics, and points to an advanced specialization in shark evolution. Also, it provides a missing link in understanding how the jawed vertebrates evolved from the jawless state, a crucial step toward human evolution."
"A shark's hunger can be satisfied with one good meal. The meal can last a long time because a shark uses little energy to swim. Some sharks hold food in their stomachs without it being digested. If they eat a big meal, it can last three or more months!"

I have been logging in and typing my blog on my own! Without my mom's help but she knows that I am online and googling facts!! It makes me feel GREAT! I have learned that blogging is important and that you tell the truth about stuff. Blogging is really hard but I get it done!!

See you in Canmore!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I'm back with new facts

Hi I'm back and I have new facts! Good to be back but lets get to the facts and here they are.
(I'm doin' this myself )

"We study Sharks the same way wildlife biologist's study animal's on land. We look at how they interact with the oceans, seas and waters where they live, however this study of sharks requires more complex technology. A remotely operated vehicle has been used at depths of 1,000-2,000 to view and study their behavior pattern, habitat selection and foraging behavior. Multi beam sonar maps are used to give large-scale geographical landscape. A census will include data on species, their abundance and behavior patterns, habitat selection and foraging behavior."

Fact: "Sharks eat periodically depending upon their metabolism and the availability of food. For example, juvenile lemon sharks eat less than 2% of their body weight per day."

See you tomorrow!


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hi everyone,
Sorry I didn't post my video (we're working on it) but I do have another shark fact I want to post.

The Great White Shark's Deadly Smile:
The shark's 50 triangular teeth are like the jagged blades of saw, cutting through flesh and bone with ease. Dulled, old teeth are replaced with razor-sharp teeth that grow up from beneath the old ones.

I wonder how much money the Tooth Fairy leaves the great white shark?

Did you know? The Great White's body is gray-blue. It is named for its white underbelly.

I won't be blogging for a couple of days because I'm going to my grandma's but I will be writing in my Shark book, information that I find online.

See ya in a couple days!


Friday, July 16, 2010

The World of Sharks

I found this website at www.sharkzone.com but I did not type that in I typed in shark information and facts into Google.

It brought up a lot of stuff and I chose sharkzone because I think it is the best one.

"Exploring the world of Sharks leads us into the history and evolution of earth's oceans and seas. This study is ongoing, full of surprises and new discoveries. Just in the year of 2007 twenty new species of sharks and stingrays have been discovered in Indonesia. With these discoveries we also discover new facts and information on the oceans and waterways leading us into a world as strange and new as the universe around us."

Fact: "Sharks relatively large and complex brains are comparable in size to those of supposedly more advanced animals like mammals and birds. Sharks also can be trained."

Have a great weekend! I will be posting a video of myself talking about sharks on Monday.


PS Thanks for following my blog. I really appreciate it.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Truth Will Surface

That saying was on a poster I saw when I was watching Sharkwater: Beneath the Surface in special features section of Sharkwater, and it was TERRIFIC!!

Rob Stewart is the director of Sharkwater and I think he's AMAZING 'cause he tries to save sharks and I think he's GREAT!

Rob was talking about future generations, the movie Sharkwater, and how sharks impact the environment.

"If we could change the way people view sharks then maybe they will fight for their protection. And if people will fight for their protection, then maybe they will survive on the planet a little longer. And if sharks survive on the planet a little longer, maybe the oceans will be healthier and if the oceans are healthier, humans can survive on the planet longer."

Sharkwater is the winner of 31 film awards.
See ya tomorrrow!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Five Facts from Captain Jon

Here are five fast facts about sharks. Me and my mom went to Google to find facts about sharks and we found Captain Jon on You Tube!

Here are the facts and here is his video.

  1. The sharks are older than dinosaurs, more than 400 MILLION years and haven't changed in 100 million years!
  2. There are more than 400 types of sharks
  3. Sharks are fish! The whale shark is the BIGGEST fish we know of.
  4. Sharks have no bones. They have cartilidge. Cartilidge is what your nose and your ears are made of.
  5. The shark's teeth are the hardest part of it's body.

I learned a lot from the video! I also watched Sharkwater a while ago and I'll talk about it tomorrow.

Bye for now!


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Did You Know?

8 million people a year, die of starvation.

Sharks kill only 5 people a year.

Did You Know?

Tigers and Elephants kill more people a year than sharks do.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

My name is Oscar and I care about saving the sharks.

Be the change you want to see in the world - Ghandi

One day, my family and I went for dim sum.

I was looking at the menu and I saw that there was shark fin dumplings.

I didn't want to go there any more because in school we learned how the sharks were fished. First they catch the shark. Then the fishers cut off the sharks fins. Last they throw the shark back or they keep the shark on the boat to suffer.

It makes me feel bad.

I told my family that going for dim sum, even if we don't buy the shark fin duplings, its still giving them (shark-fin industry) money to keep doing what they're doing.
Sharks aren't scary. They're just different.
This summer, my goal is to post one new shark fact a day and show you why YOU should care, too.
Fact:Shark finning refers to the removal and retention of shark fins and the discard at sea of the carcass. The shark is most often still alive when it is tossed back into the water. Unable to swim, the shark slowly sinks toward the bottom where it is eaten alive by other fish.