Africa: Sharks appear in festivals and coming-of-age rituals
Spectacular drama and serious ritual come together in African celebrations. The Ijo people of Nigeria stage masquerades to honor sharklike water spirits that bring them good fortune. The Bidjogo people of Guinea-Bissau hold coming-of-age ceremonies for young men, which include solemn shark rituals.
Make a Shark Headdress
People in West Africa hold dances and celebrations to honor sharklike spirits. You can celebrate sharks too by creating your own headdress.
Listen to the Sounds of Africa Clap, snap or knee tap to the beat of the drums. Count on your fingers the number of animal sounds you hear.
When local sharks were being overfished, a group of West African fishermen created a no-shark-fishing zone to help shark populations recover. And instead of supporting the trade in shark fins, they now catch other fish that aren't in trouble.
Save sharks when you shop
You can help prevent overfishing of sharks by avoiding all shark productsfrom soup to cartilage pills.