Good Morning Friends!
Happy Almost Friday! 😉 I hope you all are having a wonderful week. Did you know that the first week in May is Shark Week? Yes, around the world people will be tuned into their televisions watching massive sharks bite unsuspecting swimmers and surfers. But in reality, we are the biggest predator to a shark! In an effort to bring important attention to shark conservation I decided to make this post fun and FULL of links that every little (and dom) out there can enjoy right along with me. Are you ready? Then, let’s dive in! ❤
I. Movies to Stream About Shark and Ocean Conservation:
While we’re all turning into couch potatoes, there are a few documentaries that are phenomenal to tune into. I admit that I’m a sucker for watching a really good documentary. Think about it… you’re learning and relaxing at the same time! These movies truly opened my eyes on issues that I never even knew existed:
II. Fun Facts About Sharks:
I remember the first time that I wanted my daughter to wade in the ocean with me. She recoiled and shook her head. “I’m scared!” she said to me. “Why?” I asked her. The waves were calm and we were holding hands. “What if there’s a shark?” she whimpered. It was right there on the beach that I taught her that sharks actually don’t want to hurt us! Often times we are mistaken for a tasty seal or sea lion. “You need to be more aware of the pull of the tides versus worrying about a shark appearing” I reassured her, and we waded in to enjoy the surf.
Yes, often times our imagination is the biggest threat to us enjoying the ocean. While it’s true that people are bitten (and some killed) by shark attacks, it’s still incredibly rare. So in this section I’d like to present scientific facts for you to learn a thing or two about these beautiful beasts.
- They were here first! Scientists have studied fossils of sharks around Australia and learned that they have been around for 455 million years! (NOAA)
- The most fearsome shark, The Great White, is actually quite afraid of being eaten by an orca whale… or fished up by humans! (BI)
- Not all sharks eat large creatures! With more than 400 different types of sharks, their diet varies greatly. Some eat sea lions and dolphins, while other sharks are bottom feeders and prefer clams, plankton, and squid. (WWL)
- Sharks play a very important role in the ocean! As an apex predator at the top of the food chain, they protect coral reefs. By consuming fish and squid around reefs, they prevent an overpopulation of species that would otherwise stress coral reefs. (WWL)
- Sharks have survived 5 mass extinctions! This includes the one that killed off dinosaurs. They have more than earned their right to exist. However, 1 in 4 shark species (of the 400 out there) are considered threatened… mostly because of over-fishing. (CI)
- Humans kill 100 million sharks per year! Mostly sharks are fished up for their fins and then the rest of the body is discarded. While sharkfin soup is considered a delicacy in Asia, many people are rallying together to stop the finning of sharks through eco-tourism and laws banning shark killing. (CI)
III. Shark Week Cupcakes:
Attention All Fellow Littles!! ❤ ❤ ❤
These cuppy cakes are sooooo much fun to whip together and enjoy with your Mommy or Daddy! 🙂 Daddy loved nibbling on his seaweed shark fin and then devouring the cupcake afterwards. I encourage you to go super, crazy with the cake mix and choose your very favorite kind! You can pick funfetti, strawberry, chocolate, spice, lemon, etc. We chose devil’s food cake mix because it’s chocolate-y but not overly sweet. I hope you have tons of fun! 🙂
Shark Week Cupcakes
Makes: 1 dozen
- 1 box of your favorite cake mix
- 1 tub of vanilla frosting
- 8 drops of blue food dye
- 1 pack of sushi seaweed
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F).
- Mix the cake mix according to instructions. (Mine took 3 eggs, 1 cup of water, and 1/2 cup of oil).
- Prepare a greased 12-count muffin pan.
- Scoop the cake mix 3/4 of the way full in each muffin cup.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
- Mix vanilla frosting and blue food dye in a bowl. Using a butter knife, “pat” (not spread) the frosting on each cupcake to make a rough, jagged wave look.
- Finally, cut a nori seaweed sheet into triangles and place on top to make the shark fin!
- Eat and enjoy! ❤
IV. Honoring the Environment at Home:
There are so many ways to help the environment while self-isolating at home. This week I challenge you to pick FIVE from this list to complete! Don’t forget to get your dominant in on all of the fun activities too!! Good luck!!! ❤ 🙂
- Save your food scraps in a bag in the freezer (so they don’t smell) and find a place near you to compost them.
- Take those plastic bags that the grocery store is making you use… and turn them into a simple woven rug.
- Vow to stop buying water in plastic bottles! Instead, invest in an inexpensive water pitcher or a Berkey water filter.
- Try getting some exercise. The beautiful nation of Kiribati has a sitting dance called, “Te Bino” that they perform to honor the ocean and birds that flock their islands. Give it a try and burn some calories!
- Learn to Hula! Hawaii’s hula dancers often use hula to honor the islands, sun, sky, and the elements. Hula is an important part of Hawaiian culture and a great way to get moving while learning something new.
- Switch from using toilet paper to using a bidet!
- Stop buying paper towels and instead stock up on a pile of inexpensive rags. (Or better yet, cut up old clothing to be donated and turn it into cleaning rags!).
- Recycle when you can but try to re-purpose things before you purchase something new. (Did you know that used tea bags can be re-purposed for cleaning, deodorizing the house, and helping your garden?)
- Aim to purchase items at the grocery store that are glass, aluminum, or cardboard. These are better able to be broken down when recycled.
- Start a garden indoors! Turn that cardboard egg carton into a seed starter!
Alright my friends, that’s it from me for this post. I hope you all enjoyed it. If you did, hit that like button and let me know. Smash that follow button if you’re new around here, and I will see you back here for the next topic!