Silky Shark Necklace


This 925 Sterling Silver necklace resembles a Silky Shark (Carcharhinus falciformis), the most frequently caught sharks in Costa Rica’s fishing industry and a worldwide overexploitation status of Vulnerable of extinction according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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This silky shark necklace consists of a pendant made of 925 Sterling Silver with a Rhodium finish and a 925 Sterling Silver chain.

The Silky Shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) derives its name from the extremely soft texture of its skin. It is among the most common pelagic sharks, which means that it feeds in the open ocean mainly on bony fish, such as tuna or jacks.

Pregnant females migrate to coastal areas, such as the Gulf of Santa Elena that delimits Punta Descartes, to give birth to their live pups each or every second year. Juveniles stay in sheltered estuaries or bays until moving into oceanic habitats once they reach a size that makes them resilient to predators.

Silky Sharks are the most frequently caught sharks in Costa Rica’s fishing industry and because of its worldwide overexploitation is classified as “Vulnerable” of extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Just like other larger shark species, the fins of the Silky Shark are highly valued on the Asian market to prepare shark fin soup.

In Costa Rica, being among the top shark fin exporters worldwide, there is only a hand full of shark fin exporters, who dedicate themselves exclusively to the purchase and subsequent drying of shark fins to be shipped to Hong Kong, and because of the high price they pay fishermen for the fins, they keep the trade ongoing and difficult to cease.

Silky Shark meat is sold separately on national markets for less than a twentieth of the fin’s value, where it is labeled as “Cazón”, “Bolillo”, or“Bollilón”, without referring to shark meat and hence, consumers are unaware of what they are eating. With this necklace, you can show your Shark Awareness and with its purchase, you directly contribute to the creation and maintenance of alternative employments in the coastal fishing village of El Jobo that prove conservation to be more profitable than extraction

By purchasing this silky shark necklace, you can choose to support any of Equipo Tora Carey’s conservation projects, and as we grow, hopefully, the official introduction of new projects on shark monitoring. Also, if you ever want to visit the site and learn more about the projects, make sure to contact us or Equipo Tora Carey and schedule your visit!

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