*[Enwl-eng] A recent viral TikTok reminded us of the plight of this endangered animal

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Basking sharks are calm, toothless giants who pose no threat to humans — but we have pushed them to the brink of extinction!
 
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If you're like me, you may have had no idea what a basking shark was until recently, when a 20-foot member of the amazing species went viral in a TikTok video when it was spotted off the coast of Cape Cod in the United States. Basking sharks are incredible animals that typically grow to 26 feet long and around 11,000 pounds! Despite their daunting size, they are completely harmless to humans — they don't have teeth, eating instead by swimming around with their mouths wide open and catching plankton and other small fish.

But the lack of threat that they pose to people has not been returned; thanks to commercial fishing and other human intervention, basking sharks are listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. In fact, there are only an estimated 10,000 of these incredible sharks left in the world's oceans today.

Thanks to their endangered status, the animal has legal protections in many countries, including in the UK. That's why it's so bizarre that Ireland has zero legal protections for themeven though Ireland appears to host 20% of the world's basking sharks. Will you sign the petition urging Ireland to pass legislation that would make it illegal to harm or harass basking sharks?

Thank you,

 

Lauren
The Care2 Petitions Team

 

P.S. Basking sharks pose no threat to people, but commercial fishing and human intervention are driving them towards extinction. Sign to save the sharks!




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