Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Shark Stanley Needs Your Help

Shark Stanley and his friends were playing on the reef,
When down came a net that swept them away. 
But at last when they escaped, they saw to their grief, 
Their home had no sharks! Leaving it barren and grey. 

Now Stan and his buddies are searching the ocean 
From Bali to Brazil and Bangladesh to Belize
For friends to stand up and cause a commotion 
Because the world needs sharks to help save the seas! 

“Hello friend! My name is Shark Stanley and I am traveling around the world to find friends who will support shark and manta ray protections at the upcoming Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) meeting in March.  If you would like to help me with this mission, you can print a picture of me - or my friends Manta Reina, Pierre le Porbeagle, and Waqi Whitetip - cut us out, and take a photo with us anywhere you wish. Then please send us this photo along with your name and where you are from!  My supporters are compiling your photos from around the world to share on their blog and web pages, and sending them to governments voting at CITES to get their support!  Help us reach our goal of finding 50 organizations and celebrities to partner with me, and to collect at least 5000 photos from all 177 CITES countries!”

Shark Stanley Downloads:

Manta Reina Downloads:

Pierre le Porbeagle Downloads:

Waqi Whitetip Downloads:

Send Photos:
Upload your photos to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram tagged with @SharkDefenders, #SharkStanley, and the country where you live (i.e. #USA, #Fiji, #Brazil, etc).


Email your photos to for us to compile into a unique petition. You can also send your photos directly to your country’s CITES representative (follow this link and look up your country).

If your organization would like to partner with Shark Stanley at CITES, write a story about us on your blog or website with a link to this page , then email us your logo and five photos of your friends with Shark Stanley to  We'll post your logo and link to your website on a special sponsors' page.

Shark Stanley in the News:
Ecozine Hong Kong: Shark Stanley
Saipan Tribune: Beautify CNMI joins global Shark Stanley campaign

Shark Stanley on the Blogs:
The Terramar Project: Have you met Shark Stanley?
Jen Richards: The Adventures of Shark Stanley
Banyu Biru Explorers: Shark Stanley 
Sharks Need Love: Are You a Shark Defender?
Beach Chair Scientist: Strike a pose with Shark Stanley for Shark Conservation
Earth Race Conservation: Shark Stanley and Friends
Programa Território Animal: Coluna Natascha Wosnick Fique ligado – CITES 2013
Dive Indonesia: Shark Stanley and Friends Need Your Help!

Friday, January 04, 2013

Edz Finds a Pearl

One of the best rackets going at Disney is the oyster and pearl sales in the Japan Pavilion at Epcot.  For about $17.95 would-be pearl princesses are allowed to look over a tub full of oysters and pick one out to see what is inside.

The cast members make a realllllly big deal out of it, picking and opening the pearl with as much ceremony as a traditional tea ceremony.

The girl opening the pearls on the day we visited was extremely lively.  She was a like a Japanese version of Pattie Coleman after she drinks four beers and wins a soccer game.

And the prize inside is a pearl.  They sell all kinds of jewelry to go along with your newfound treasure, but we opted to just be happy with a pearl in a plastic bag.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Guess Who I Saw Today?

I saw Andrea and Kilili Sablan!  And I was honored to participate in Delegate Sablan's swearing-in ceremony, as well.  Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Sablan on the beginning of their third term representing the people of the Northern Mariana Islands in the United States Congress.