A print in collaboration with the Shark Research and Conservation Program at the University of Miami, inspired by one of the ocean's largest predators
If you’ve ever had the awe-inspiring experience of swimming in the presence of one of the ocean’s largest predators, the tiger shark, then you know why these just had to exist. Help us to celebrate these amazing animals, support research to inform management of their populations, and use your gear as a conversation piece to educate others.
Model is 5'9 and 135lbs. She is wearing a size XS/S
Did you know? Tiger sharks are darker on top with a lighter underbelly, this is called countershading and helps with camouflage. When prey looks down at the shark from above, the shark will blend in with seagrass or darker, murky water. When prey looks up at the shark from below, the sharks light underbelly blends in with the sun's rays.
Reversible and Recycled
78% recycled polyester made from recycled plastic bottles.
22% lycra xtra life
78% recycled nylon made from recycled fishing nets
22% lycra xtra life
Quick drying, moisture wicking and breathable fabric
Ultra chlorine and sunscreen resistant
Built with a 50+ Ultraviolet Protection Factor, the highest sun protection qualification available.
Seamless design for comfort and simplicity
10% of profits from your purchase will go directly towards the Shark Research and Conservation Program (SRC) at the University of Miami, helping to fund important research focused on the ecology, movement and conservation of tiger sharks as well as other local shark species. In addition to research, the SRC program is actively aimed at student education and community outreach through extensive citizen science and internship programs.
Tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) are classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as “Near Threatened”, and thus, research, education and outreach is essential to ensuring healthy populations. As one of the ocean’s largest predators, these critical species sit at the top of the food chain, helping to regulate the delicate balance of populations of those beneath in the ecosystem. Decreased populations can result in trophic cascades, impacting the abundance and behavior of other species lower on the food chain. Multiple research methods have shown that some species of sharks have declined in population by 90% or more during the last several decades in areas where they were formerly abundant. These declines are due to direct targeting in commercial fisheries, mostly for their fins and sometimes meat. Additionally, sharks are often caught unintentionally as bycatch in many other fisheries, caught and killed in some recreational fisheries (unlike catch and release), and may also be impacted by humans more indirectly through threats like habitat loss, pollution, and human-driven declines in the fish species sharks rely on for food.
Sharks have been in the ocean for more than 450 million years. Granted, they’ve evolved a bit since then, but they’ve survived five major extinction events! Help us to celebrate these amazing animals, support research to inform management of their populations, and use your gear as a conversation piece to educate others.
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