THE LAW OF NATURE FOUNDATION
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21 June 2011Dear Sirs/Madams:My name is Anna Oposa, an advocate of the environment and an avid scuba diver. I was at the ManilaOcean Park on June 15, 2011, for the launch of Project 7000. I was very surprised and disappointed tofind an exhibit entitled “Shark Attack.” Below is a photograph of the banner that greets everyone at theentrance (left) and a screenshot from the Manila Ocean Park website (right).For an institution that claims to “spearhead efforts in education and awareness on the relevant topics ofconservation and preservation of Philippine marine life,” these advertisements
do not fulfill yourobjectives
. While the intention of this exhibit may be to provide people with a firsthand experience withsharks, the title and its accompanying images (i.e., shark with mouth open baring its teeth and digitalimage of shark with angry-looking eyes) do not look attractive and appealing. I am sure that the marinebiologists and consultants of the Manila Ocean Park know just how rare a shark attack is. It is onlybecause of media, through movies like
, that these perfect species of evolution have gained anegative reputation. According to theInternational Shark Attack File, there have only been 11 sharkattacks in the Philippines between 1580-2010, and the last fatal one was back in 1960.We humans, on the other hand, continue to kill up to 100,000,000 sharks a year.
Shark finning in Cagayan
We even kill protected species like the whale shark (see article“Butchered baby
found onAntique beach”dated 06 June 2011).