Stop Suffocating Sharks for Photo Ops

Target: Hugo Sanchez Montalvo, Mayor of Isla Mujeres

Goal: Stop Playa Tiburon from letting customers lift sharks out of the water for photo ops.

A popular restaurant off the coast of Cancun, Playa Tiburon, has been letting customers lift nurse sharks out of the water in order to take photos. Not only can sharks not breathe when they are out of water, but their bodies are at serious risk for injury. It is time Playa Tiburon stop exploiting these sharks for profit.

When sharks are lifted out of the water, the process of suffocation begins. On top of that, these animals and their bodies are designed to be under water, not under the pressure of gravity. Being out of the water can cause serious harm to their skin, muscles and organs. In addition, these sharks are kept in a small sea pen where customers are allowed to swim. The small space and close quarters is extremely stressful for the sharks and is an overload for their highly developed sensory systems.

This interaction is not only dangerous for the sharks, but also the people. Nurse sharks are very gentle creatures, but it is only a matter of time before one gets fed up and bites a customer. Sign this petition and demand the restaurant stop exploiting these sharks and put them back in the open ocean where they belong.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Montalvo,

A restaurant in Isla Mujeres, Playa Tiburon, has been allowing customers to lift nurse sharks out of the water for photo ops. This is incredibly dangerous not only for the sharks, but for the customers as well. It is time to stop allowing this cruelty.

These sharks are being repeatedly lifted out of the water, causing them to suffocate while also seriously harming their skin, muscles and organs, as their bodies are not designed to handle gravity’s pressure. In addition, the sharks are kept in a small sea pen where customers are allowed to swim. The close quarters is incredibly stressful for the sharks and is an overload for their highly developed sensory systems. Nurse sharks are very gentle creatures, but every animal has its limit. It’s only a matter of time until a shark bites a customer.

Please consider banning this activity and allowing these sharks to go back to the open ocean. It is incredibly cruel to keep these animals imprisoned just for profit.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: wickedchimp

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8 Comments

  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    Hope Playa Tiburon has good attorneys!
    Stop exploiting animals for any reason!!!

  2. Carolyn Taylor says:

    Stop this stupidity, now!

  3. they will never have the pleasure to have my family as tourists there

  4. What is wrong with this mayor?

  5. Diane C Sprouse says:

    Well, sounds like there are idiots on both sides here. The owners and the people that want their picture taken. All of you should be ashamed!

  6. tera tukey says:

    Stupid people …what is the benefit posing with these sharks out of the water…to impress your peers/family/put more money in the owner’s pocket…DUMB PEOPLE THIS IS ANIMAL ABUSE…LEAVE THE SHARKS ALONE IN THE WATER AND GO IN THE WATER TO TAKE PICS. IF YOU MUST.

  7. Dear Mr. Mayor, Hugo Sanchez Montalvo, of Isla Mujeres
    You must Stop Playa Tiburon from letting customers lift sharks out of the water for photo ops. It is a horribly stupid thing for anyone to do. You must take down the sea pens and let the nurse sharks swim back to their sea life. Your tourist business will suffer, because people will realize that the people in your city are dumb and/or they have no desire to Perpetuate the destruction of sea life and the torture of these innocent sea creatures.
    Please Mayor Montalvo, don’t let your city be labeled a sick unfeeling abusive bunch of idiots.
    Thank you, a non-tourist and her respective families that won’t be coming to Isla Mujeres until these simple but super important things are done for the sake of the animals.
    Good luck to all the animals of this world.

  8. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗😠

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