Finny the Funny Shark

  • Sharks
Years funded
  • 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Archived
Project type
  • Education

Meet Finny the Funny Shark. He works with Tova and has a pretty exciting life travelling around the islands of Palau, Yap and Pohnpei teaching school children about other sharks that live in the region.

Finny the Funny Shark

Tova Harel Bornovski

Project leader
About the project leader
Having spent my early years travelling around the world, learning different languages and diving in different oceans, I have developed an immeasurable appreciation of the marine environment and its delicate ecosystems. Two decades ago, my husband Navot and I sailed with our two toddlers from Florida to Palau, an island of the Micronesia group in the western Pacific Ocean. We made our home on the island in 1993 and had two more children. I soon acquired a deep love for the culture, flora and fauna of this island nation. The realisation that sharks are badly treated locally and internationally, and...
Project details

Micronesia Education

Key objective

By getting children to understand the importance of sharks, we can harness them as ambassadors to help make sure that their grandparents, parents and future children protect sharks and the environment.

Why is this important

The heart of Micronesian children is the future of conservation in the region.


The Micronesian Shark Foundation’s education programme has been very successful in Palau for the past five years and has expanded to other islands of the Micronesian region.

The first island chosen was Yap, which is part of Federated States of Micronesia. Even though Yap is less than 480 kilometres away from Palau, there are vast differences between the two islands – economically, traditionally and with regards to education. The children of Yap do not get many visiting school programmes. The next island we visited was Pohnpei, and as an island that depends on commercial fishing, it was quite a challenge to explain to the children there the importance of protecting sharks. The books were received with a lot of enthusiasm and the programme is continuing. The outcomes of our project serve as a baseline for management strategies for many Indo-Pacific nations where conflicting priorities hamper the protection of sharks.

Aims & objectives

The aims and objectives of this project are to:

  • Continue the Micronesian Shark Foundation education programme in Palau on a regular basis.
  • Expand the programme to additional island nations in Micronesia and the Pacific Ocean.