Right now, California has the chance to save these majestic sharks by protecting them on the state Endangered Species List, an act which would protect California's unique population of great white sharks.
That's why we need 300 ocean lovers to band together by midnight tomorrow to help us put the pressure on California—MARTENS, will you be one?
Young great white pups live together in sea “nurseries” until they grow up – and these nurseries are littered with massive gillnets, set by fishing boats to catch other fish. But even though they aren't the targets, when a shark pup accidentally swims into a net, the net entangles its fins and body, where it can slowly die as it struggles to free itself.
With estimates that there are only a few hundred adult great whites off the U.S. West Coast, every single dead pup hurts the entire population. Great white sharks are slow to reproduce, and each pup is vital to the future of the species, so there's no time to waste.
The federal government has made the wrong decision by denying endangered species protections to these amazing animals, but we aren't ready to give up the fight. With enough pressure, we can convince California to make the right decision to protect great whites from dangers like gillnets – but we can't do it without people like you standing with us.