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Sharks now have own Facebook page

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Tagged sharks have a Facebook page. Whales and orcas each have one too. The general public can post sightings and check the wildlife conditions before heading off to surf, swim or go whale watching.

What these marine animals have in common is that they are all part of a great migration along the coast, first north then south. Each species and even individuals in that species have their own routes. As landlubbers, we may not see the meanderings of some (ie the great white sharks) as  an orderly travel plan. But they are on the move and, for various reasons, interested in each other and whatever else they may find.

How about promoting a cluster of Facebook pages so that residents and tourists become savvy with presence of marine wildlife? What if these separate Facebook pages linked themselves somehow, presenting an integrated glimpse of the sea? Perhaps other marine animal special interest pages could join in too? Surely now is the time for us people to try thinking like a multi-species marine ecosystem.

For starters: three Facebook pages
https://www.facebook.com/WildAboutWhales
https://www.facebook.com/Shark-Reports-716586421776202/timeline/
https://www.facebook.com/Australian-Orca-Database-113129738746864/timeline/

Mary Gardner, Byron Bay


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