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Shark Week Trivia Contest Winners Announced!

August 20th, 2012

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Shark Week trivia contest last week. Hope you all had some fun and learned a little bit about sharks in the process! Check out below for our full list of answers and winners.

Question 1: The two largest fish in the ocean are sharks. Name them.

Answer: The Whale Shark and the Basking Shark.

Whale sharks can grow up to 40 feet in length. These docile animals feed primarily on plankton. Basking sharks average 20-26 feet.

WINNER: Zinn Brown

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Question 2: This shark, measuring almost 60 feet in length, became extinct 1.2 million years ago.

Answer: Megaladon.

The Megaladon shark was the largest predatory marine animal to ever live in the ocean. This massive shark had teeth that grew up to 7 inches long!

WINNER: Andrew Keihling

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Question 3: What is the worlds fastest shark?

Answer: The shortfin mako shark

Shortfin mako sharks have been clocked at speeds up to 31mph. Some scientists suggest they are capable of attaining speeds up to 60mph!

WINNER: Scott Markman

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Question 4: This “delicacy,”  seen as a symbol of status in many countries, is responsible for the slaughter of roughly 100 million sharks per year.

Answer: Shark fin soup

Shark finning has become increasingly popular since the 1950s, resulting in an almost 90% drop in shark population. Shark fins are sold for an average of $300/lb. To learn more about shark finning check out: www.seathos.org/projects/shark-finning/ and take our pledge to end this abusive practice.

WINNER: Brittany Shamenek

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Question 5: During the production of the 1975 film “Jaws,” what did the crew call the mechanical shark used?

Answer: Bruce

Jaws, directed by Steven Spielberg, has earned over 470 million dollars in the box office, and is widely credited for being a major contributor to our countries fascination with sharks. In the film, the fictional shark, dubbed ‘Bruce’, terrorized beachgoers along the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

WINNER: Blake Kaplan

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Question 6: Name this shark!

Answer: Tiger shark

Named for the striped patterns on their sides, tiger sharks can grow up to 14 feet in length and mainly inhabit tropical and subtropical climates.

WINNER: Michelle Girard

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Congratulations to all our winners! We’ll be in touch soon to get you your pair of Blu Kicks! Thanks again to everyone who played along.

Seathos and BluKicks Present: Shark Week Trivia Contest!

August 14th, 2012

We’re excited to announce a fun little contest we’ll be running this week (SHARK WEEK!), giving you the chance to win some brand new stylish, waterproof shoes courtesy of Blu Kicks!

Starting tomorrow at 12pm PST, we’ll be asking shark-themed trivia questions everyday via our facebook page (facebook.com/seathos). Whoever responds the quickest by sending an email to team@seathos.org with the CORRECT answer wins a pair of shoes!!

Not going to be by a computer at 12pm? Not to worry! Each day, you’ll have a second chance to win. ROUND TWO of trivia will be posted at 7pm PST as well! So that’s six chances to win. 12pm and 7pm (PST) Wednesday 8/15 to Friday 8/18.

A little bit about Blu Kicks:

Drawing inspiration from the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a Fish of Hawaii for their very design, Blu Kicks began manufacturing shoes with the mission to protect the Humu fish with every purchase. Humus, like many fish, are victims of overfishing and abuse. One dollar from each shoe sale goes to protect the Humu’s native habitat in Hawaii.

Check out more from Blu Kicks at www.blukicks.com. Shop their Shark Week line of shoes and 15% of the proceeds will be donated to Seathos Foundation!

So, to refresh. The contest will run Weds 8/15 to Fri 8/18. Two rounds of questions everyday. One at 12pm, the following at 7pm (both PST). The first correct answer emailed to team@seathos.org wins!!

Good luck and Happy Shark Week!

Places to Sea! Solomon Islands

July 6th, 2012

The Solomon Islands is a sovereign state in Oceania, east of Papua New Guinea. Nearly 1000 islands make up the Solomon Islands, but the entire area combined is just slightly smaller than Maryland. It is haven for divers, snorkelers, and beach loungers alike because of its clear waters and pristine environment. The islands are made up of both volcanic islands and coral atolls, so whether it’s bleached coral sand or black volcanic sand, the beaches are always breathtaking.

If you are looking for surf, don’t worry, the same breaks that hit Hawai’i's North Shore reaches the Solomon Islands a few days later. The waves may not be as big, but they are longer rides on less crowded beaches.

It’s the summer, it’s time to go on an adventure!

Sea Creature of the Week: Pinecone Fish

July 3rd, 2012

Scientific Name: Monocentris japonica

Home: Indo-Pacific (as far as south as South Africa and as North as Japan)

Physical Characteristics: It has a large, blunt head where the fish’s dorsal fin is placed almost on its head and one in the rear, pointing backwards.

Food: Shrimp and Smaller Fish

Fun Fact: The pinecone fish have built in headlights to search for food at night. Luminous bacteria colonize two organs on the fish’s lower jaw and produce a beam that helps shine a light on its prey.

Places to Sea! Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

June 24th, 2012

Lanikai Beach, O'ahu, Hawai'i

Lanikai Beach is located in Lanikai, a neighborhood within Kailua, on the windward coast of O’ahu, Hawai’i. Lanikai means “heavenly sea” in the Hawaiian language. Lanikai’s clear, calm water is perfect for people who are interested in relaxing and taking the kids. The sand is so fine, you’ll probably end up taking some home. The beach is only 0.5 miles long, but is adjacent to Kailua beach. If you come to Lanikai early enough, you’ll find men and women practicing on their canoes as well as early morning joggers.

Keep in mind, the beach itself is public property, and unlike many other beaches in Hawai’i, it’s not a county beach, so there is no public parking or facilities like restrooms and showers.

Because of it’s prime easterly position, sunrise looks beautiful against the Pacific backdrop looking outward toward the two islands called Mokulua Islands. Mokulua, in Hawaiian, means “two islands.” They are also commonly known as “The Moks.” The larger island (on the left when looking from Lanikai) is Moku Nui and the smaller, Moku Iki, is a Hawaii State Seabird Sanctuary. By law, people are permitted from going on the islands.

Sea Creature of the Week: Yeti Crab

June 20th, 2012

The yet crab was discovered in 2005 during a research expedition using the submarine DSV Alvin

Scientific Name: Kiwa hirsuta

Home: The first-known yeti crab was found living near a hydrothermal vent in the South Pacific in 2005. Since then, they have been found around the world, including several miles under the surface of the Southern Ocean near Antarctica, thriving next to boiling vents of water. The crabs live in temperatures of almost 400C (752F).

Physical Characteristics: The crab is a blind deep-sea crab whose legs are covered with long, pale yellow hairs.

Food: It was seen eating mussels that were cracked open originally, but they also saw Yeti crabs holding their hairy claws out over the hydrothermal vents, possibly catching bacteria. Scientists speculated that the crabs might be “farming” the bacteria, perhaps as a source of food.

Conservation Status: They found that the crab was not only a new species (which they named Kiwa hirsuta), but an entirely new family (Kiwaidae). The Yeti crab is a distant relative to the hermit crabs commonly seen lurking in tide pools. Interest in mining deep-sea hydrothermal vents is likely to increase, so concern has been expressed about the potential for damage to sites in international waters.

Fun Fact: Because of its hairy legs, this animal was nicknamed the “Yeti crab,” after the fabled Yeti, the abominable snowman of the Himalayas. Another of its nicknames developed was the Hasselhoff crabs because of the hair on their undersides, the equivalents of their chests.

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