Today we are celebrating Endangered Species Day! A day started by the Senate back in 2006 to encourage people to become aware of the threats to endangered species.
There are events taking place across the globe at parks, schools and museums, you can find out about events going on near you today here!
But if you are unable to attend an event there are other ways of celebrating today. The endangered species coalition have put together a "toolkit" for endangered species day including an activities book for children and a list of 10 easy things you can do to help save endangered species!
At Ocean Helper we have chosen to raise awareness for the Scalloped Hammerhead Shark.
Photo by Barry Peters
These sharks are found in the waters of the Galapagos islands. They grow to about 2.5 to 3 metres with the largest one recorded being 4.2 metres and weighing between 80 to 100 kilograms. These Hammerhead Sharks have a lifespan of 20 to 30 years, but this is often cut short by illegal fisheries who target them for their fins. You can find out more about these amazing creature on the Galapagos Conservation Trust's website.
So today we encourage you to learn more about endangered species and their threats. Both land and ocean animals are at risk from a large number of threats and it is our role to learn and raise awareness for these creatures.