Semporna, Malaysia is home to many species of shark, from the extremely rare and elusive Borneo and hammerhead shark to the largest fish in the sea, the graceful whale shark.
A local group of conservationists and divers are petitioning the local state government to set up a Semporna Shark Sanctuary, which would cover some 83 islands, including the world renowned diving haven of Sipadan and its neighbouring Mabul island. Mabul-based divemaster and campaigner Oliver Ostick tells us that:
If we get 10,000 signatures then we can go to the government and have a great chance of succeeding.
Nearly 6,000 people have already signed the petition, so if you’re interested then please show your support! The initiative also has a Facebook page.