Sam’s Tours Palau celebrated the 10th year anniversary of the Palau Shark Sanctuary last February 12th at the Palau Pacific Resort.
Palau Shark Sanctuary was founded in 2001 by Mr. Dermot Keane, General Manager of Sam’s tours. Its original goal was to raise awareness and end shark finning practices of foreign vessels in Palau’s waters, and to make Palau a shark sanctuary. In 2009, Palau’s President Johnson Toribiong declared Palau as the world’s first Shark Sanctuary in a landmark speech at the United Nations General assembly. Palau Shark sanctuary has come a long ways!
To commemorate 10 years of PSSF, the Travel Channel’s show “The Sandmasters” visited Palau and made a fantastic sand sculpture on the resort’s beach. It showed an intricate sculpture of sharks, sharks, and more sharks!
The program started as the sun was setting, which provided a beautiful backdrop for the day’s activities. The Ngeremlengui dancers performed a traditional Palauan dance, and a group of Palauan males also performed the traditional chanting.
The president of the Republic of Palau, Johnson Toribiong who was instrumental in making Palau the world’s first shark sanctuary graced the event, and congratulated Mr. Dermot Keane, founder of the Palau Shark Sanctuary for the continued effort.
Mr. Dermot Keane, founder of Palau Shark Sanctuary
President Johnson Toribiong
President Johnson Toribiong congratulating the Sand Guys from the Sandmasters show.
We all hope that the Palau Shark Sanctuary will continue to inspire the world in its efforts to stop shark finning.
*All photos courtesy of Wendy Capili-Wilkie