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October 19 -22, 2017 Eilat, Israel

SILENCE OF THE SHARKS - December 2015

Did you know? Sharks don't feed on humans. Humans feed on sharks. The official SILENCE OF THE SHARKS video invites you to watch, share and join the campaign to save lives and make a difference!

THE VOICE OF CHILDREN 

Children of the world are joining this fascinating and important journey of saving the sharks by drawing the protest banners held underwater during the dive. For this purpose, a competition is held online, inviting all children in all countries and all ages to create their own protest banner and to share it on a dedicated platform established on the SILENCE OF THE SHARKS website. The winning banners will be printed on waterproof ads and will be carried underwater by the protesting divers. 

*  The best drawing of them all will be awarding its young creator : Junior Open Water Diver Course completed with a Junior Complete Diving First Aid Course offered by PADI and DAN Europe.


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Tanya Houppermans

As a scuba diver, I had always enjoyed seeing sharks in the wild. But when I learned that humans slaughter over 70 million sharks every year, I knew that I had to do something to help save them. I picked up a camera with the intent to show sharks to the public the way that I see them, as graceful, beautiful, intelligent creatures - not the vicious monsters so often portrayed by the media. This goal was so important to me that I quit my corporate job to concentrate full time on underwater photography and shark conservation. Since then I’ve had the honor of diving with and photographing sharks around the world. While I’m very proud of the photography awards I’ve won, I feel most rewarded when my images change people’s misconceptions about sharks. Many people have told me that they had no idea millions of sharks are killed every year. I hope that after seeing my images, people will start to care more about sharks. And if they care, maybe they’ll take steps to protect the sharks and oceans.