Meet FIN Tastic Allstar Cade
Updated: Aug 5
Cade is 13 years old and is on a mission to save sharks. He started his own INSTAGRAM page and has created bracelets to spread the word for shark conservation. He also does projects at school and even teachers other students about sharks and how to save them!
Thanks Cade for sharing your shark story with us!
1. What is your favorite shark and why?
The Shortfin Mako shark is my favorite shark because they are the world's fastest shark but unfortunately, they are the fastest shark to decline and really need our help !! But also the colors on the mako sharks are incredible they are gold, blue, purple, and I have been lucky enough to be able to swim with these amazing animals !!!
2. What is one shark you would like to see/swim with?
One Shark I would love to see/ swim with is the Oceanic Whitetip or The Great Hammerhead !!! They are such amazing animals that I would love to be able to share the water with !!! And the big pectoral fins on the oceanic whitetip, omg I would lose it in the water. haha. I love sharks with big fins!
3. What got you interested in sharks?
I got interested in sharks from watching shark week. I have always loved the animals that no one else really likes. Animals like alligators, lizards and sharks. But what got me really into sharks and trying to help them was when I found out what finning was and how awful and cruel it is. I couldn’t believe anyone could treat an animal this way.
4. What is your favorite shark fact?
That Snails kill more people than Sharks do, and yes I get lots of crazy looks when I share this fact but it's true !!! 20,000 people are killed each year from Freshwater snails, sharks only 5 people.
5. What is one thing you wish everyone knew about sharks?
One thing I wish everybody knew about sharks was that they don't want to eat you or kill you. I have gone on over 50+ shark dives and I still have all my fingers and toes! I wish everybody knew that sharks aren't out to hunt us or kill us. They are animals that need to be respected not killed.
6. Do you think kids, no matter where they live, can help save sharks?
Yes kids can help save sharks! Look at me!! I cannot believe what I have been able to do to help sharks! It does not matter how old you are or where you live or what you have or don’t . If you know what is happening and you care enough you can make a difference. I think kids can make a huge difference because we believe that we can make a change for the better. We have hope and kindness and we want the world to be better for when we are older. Also, I feel like if kids can learn good things about sharks, that sharks are good, important, not bad or mean and that they deserve and need to be here, then when we grow up sharks will be more understood and liked. If this happens, then hopefully sharks will have more protection and more respect. So kids are super important for saving sharks!!!!!