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Whale Shark Warrior Recycled Hat

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Characteristic spots and stripes adorn the largest fish in the sea forming an intricate pattern, like a warrior painted for battle. Scientists use these distinctive markings to identify individual whale sharks. Like a fingerprint, each is as unique and special as the last.

    1. 6 panel, structured trucker design
    2. Uniquely printed and embroidered front panels that are chlorine, sun, saltwater and sunscreen resistant and made from recycled polyester
    3. Moisture absorption and sweat releasing sweatband fabric made from recycled polyester
    4. Recycled, breathable white mesh back
    5. Recycled, adjustable snap-back
    6. Slightly curved, recycled brim
  • Body fabric, trucker mesh, sweatband fabric, inside taping and thread (stitching, embroidery): 100% recycled polyester

    Top button, visor brim and snapback: 100% recycled polyethylene

    Sweatband interior padding foam: 65% polyether polyglyeol 35% toluene diisocyanate

    Sweatband interior padding mesh:100% polypropylene

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Inspired by and designed to advocate for the largest fish in the sea, the whale shark (Rhincodon typus)

Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) are fish, not whales - allowing them to hold the esteemed title of "largest fish in the sea" (since sharks are fish too!). These charismatic creatures can reach lengths of 12 meters (40 feet) or more! Despite their large size, they feed on some of the smallest organisms in the sea, plankton. Hanging vertically in the water column they're able to suction feed and filter these tiny organisms through their gill rakers much like a giant vacuum cleaner pulls dust and dirt from a kitchen floor, filtering the fragments into its chamber within.

Unfortunately, approximately 100 million sharks are killed every year by humans, through direct targeted fishing efforts as well as unintended bycatch from other fisheries. The whale shark is one species of shark that is particularly vulnerable to this commercial fishing due to their high value in international trade, in addition to their highly migratory nature and normally low abundance. Research into the lives of these gentle giants can help us to manage their populations and keep these magnificent fish in the ocean where they belong.

5% of sales from your purchase of this product are donated to the Marine Megafauna Foundation

“Waterlust's support provides critical seed funding for us to rapidly develop and implement whale shark conservation projects in areas where this globally-endangered species is most at risk. This includes Mozambique, where our research and awareness work helped the government decide to fully protect whale sharks just a few weeks ago. We love working with a company that is so committed to making a positive change in the world.”

Dr. Simon Pierce, Co-Founder / Principal Scientist

the Marine Megafauna Foundation

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Shannon OMeara (Saint Augustine, FL, US)
Doesn’t get better than this

I have wanted this hat for so long and I was finally able to get it. I have worn it every day since I got it. I love it so much and I am so happy to support a good cause

Daphne Buscher (Eugene, OR, US)
Even cooler than the pictures

Super awesome! I love how the logo is embroidered and raised

Karen Sudre (Cupertino, CA, US)
Love the accessories!

The headbands and hat are great for being out in and on the water.

Richard Barnes (Tampa, FL, US)
New favorite hat

It's so comfy and cool. It's the perfect shape too because I can wear my large sunglasses under it without hitting the brim

Hope Alley (Parkland, FL, US)

Whale sharks are my favorite and when I came across this hat I was so excited! I was not disappointed by the quality, I can't wait to get out on the water with it. It fits bigger like a trucker hat should. I LOVE the educational emails that waterlust sends out after you order something from them! Overall I'm very happy with my purchase and will be ordering more from them in the future!

Alan (Thornton, CO, US)
Great Hat!! Big for Small Heads

Love this hat! It’s super cute and very well made from recycled materials. The only down side is that it’s large for small heads and has the typical extra space above on the trucker crown. I would rebuy if they came out with a smaller size. Please make smaller sizes and more patterns :) I also got the Tiger hat and I’m equally satisfied with the great quality.