Shark Week 2018 participants

Sharks are not extinct but a lot of people in the world are already making myths about them – and what’s worst is that most of these myths are actually false.

While many people are afraid of sharks, probably due to the influence of the media, especially those films portraying sharks as aggressive predators who are obsessed about biting human flesh whenever they spot one, some actually travel even to the smallest corners of the world just to see and swim with these too often misunderstood creatures.

In fact, just last March 10-17, many foreigners from different parts of the world travelled to Palau just to be part of the 16th Shark Week initiated by the Fish ‘n Fins in Palau and the Micronesian Shark Foundation.

Fish ‘n Fins owner Tova Bornovski speaks before the participants and guests during the Shark Week 2018 gala night.

The Shark Week is held annually and is comprised of many activities that will help educate one about sharks and their important role in the oceans. The activity helps debunked the false notions about sharks and promotes its conservation.

Last week, participants of the Shark Week from different countries had been immersed in different activities such as the nightly lectures, presentations, and film screenings aside from the diving activities that were slated in daytime.

Vice President Raynold Oilouch told participants and guests about his previous perceptions about sharks and how he learned to eventually change these wrong notions about the creatures.

During the last date of the activity, participants and guests indulged themselves with the local food and presentation of the video documentation of the entire diving activities conducted for the week during the gala night last March 17.

The culmination night of the Shark Week was graced by the presence of Palau Vice President Raynold Oilouch and Senator Frank Kyota, who had each delivered their speeches before the participants and guests. (Rhealyn C. Pojas/Reporter)