Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Saipan Sharks

The Northern Mariana Islands House of Representatives voted today 18-0 to pass a ban on shark fins that would "prohibit any person from possessing, selling, offering for sale, trading, or distributing shark fins in the CNMI."

So what kind of sharks live around Saipan?

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A tourist took this photo of a whale shark just outside of the Grotto. I lifted the photo from Mike Tripp's Saipan Scuba Diving Blog.

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Whitetip reef sharks are a much more common sight than whale sharks. Harry Blalock photographed this little guy inside the Grotto.

pew environment groupI have never personally seen a tiger shark on Saipan (I was always disappointed that tiger sharks aren't half shark, half tiger, with frickin' lasers on their heads), but NOAA snapped this photo in the waters west of Saipan.

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Grey reef sharks (top) and blacktip reef sharks (bottom) are also seen around Saipan.  Juvenile blacktips sometimes school around Managaha.  Mayuki Kebukawa of Heart of Gold Divers took these two photos during a dive at Farallon de Medinilla.

So yes, Saipan has sharks.

And yes, they deserve full protections.

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