Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Adventures of Shark Stanley: The First Few Days

Onon Bayasgalan is from Mongolia.
Shark Stanley started the week in New Haven, Connecticut with Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies student Onon Bayasgalan getting ready to launch his campaign to traipse across the globe looking for people to support shark and manta ray protections at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Leah Meth is from Canada.
He then swam from the East Coast to the Hawaiian Coast where he met up with Leah Meth and a friendly green sea turtle, a species already listed on CITES.  Leah is Onon's classmate at Yale (we don't know what school the turtle attends). Together with some help from the Pew Environment Group, Leah and Onon came up with the vision for the Shark Stanley campaign and worked with artist Dan Yagmin Jr. to create illustrations to represent the shark and ray species being proposed for CITES listing next year.

Students from Malaking Pook National High School
After Hawaii, Stanley kept on heading west until he came across the students at Malaking Pook National High School in Batangas Province, Philippines.  The students took photos of Stanley with their classmates, teachers, and parents and sent them in to show their support.

We won't say which airline, but their service is first class!
And then a very friendly flight attendant took Stanley to his next destination...

Follow Annie Anderson on Twitter @SharksNeedLove
Downtown Swingin' London!  The lovely Annie Anderson from Sharks Need Love took Stanley to the premier of 'The Double.'  Stanley also got his picture taken with Jessica-Jane Clement -- his first celebrity endorsement -- and posted the photo to Instagram.

In the first few days of his campaign to protect sharks and rays at CITES, Shark Stanley has visited the United States, Canada, Mongolia, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Philippines, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Taiwan POC, South Korea, Germany, and Singapore (and maybe a few others that we're forgetting).  His goal is to visit all 177 CITES member countries (the Maldives became a party to CITES today, raising the number from 176) and he needs your help to get there.

If you have friends living around the world, please tell them about Shark Stanley and share his homepage so that when the CITES meeting begins in March, Shark Stanley can honestly say he has the support of people in every country around the world.

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