Discovery Channel’s Shark Week is marking its 25th season as the Megalodon of cable programming — a legendary fish tale of epic proportions told to a global audience of 30 million viewers.
This year, The Nature Conservancy’s own Kydd Pollock, a marine specialist who spends much of his time working in the pristine waters of Palmyra Atoll, is part of the story. Kydd’s 2010 encounter with a reef shark while working at Palmyra Atoll is profiled in the Shark Week segment, Shark Fight, scheduled to air August 15.
But, as he’ll tell you, Kydd’s is not a tale about a shark attack. It’s about saving the shark the bit him.
Despite their sinister casting, sharks have more to fear from humans than we do from them. In fact, the risk of being bitten by a shark is incredibly small, according to the International Shark Attack File:
Join us as we dive into the world of sharks with photos and a series of blog posts from Kydd and other Conservancy staff about the value of sharks and the crucial role they play in supporting healthy reefs and fisheries around the world.
Despite a shark bite in 2010, Kydd Pollock is passionate about marine conservation – and sharks. Read Kydd's blog post
What does it feel like to be bitten by a shark? Our marine scientist shares his story and why he continues to get back into the water. Read on
Our marine biologist doesn't let a shark bite come between him and his work at one of the most biologically diverse locations in the world. Discover why
The decimation of sharks worldwide is having untold consequences on ocean organisms, says Conservancy senior marine scientist Mark Spalding. Read more
In June 2012, China’s State Council announced the ban on consuming shark fins at official government related banquets – a very important step in the face of plummeting shark population numbers. More
Without sharks the whole ocean system changes -- and now these "protectors" of the ocean need us to protect them. Palau, although a small island nation with limited capacity to protect the vast ocean, is working to do just that. Learn more
Conservancy scientist Kydd Pollock is quoted in this Post article about Discovery's Shark Week and conservation efforts to protect sharks. View the article
Hungry for more shark tales? The Nature Conservancy in Hawai'i reports from the Pacific Ocean. Explore
These amazing images of sharks will have you coming back for more! View the slideshow
Decorate your smartphone in honor of Shark Week with this great shot of lemon sharks. Download
Located a 1,000 miles south of Hawai'i, Palmyra Atoll is one of the most spectacular marine wilderness areas on Earth. View a video