Amber F

Age: 11
Currently lives in: Canada
Favorite Shark: Tiger Shark because it’s the most beautiful in my opinion.

What would you tell people about sharks? 
The oceans have secrets. We don’t even know of all the creatures that live in the deep.

How did sharks draw you into their watery world?
The only relationship I have with sharks is from what I see in books and in documentaries. I went to Marineland once and it made me cry because I did not like to see these animals in captivity. I was only 4 years old when I went there but I will never forget it. Me and a whale became friends. My mom is a photographer and she took a picture of us talking to one another with our minds. I knew that whale wanted to be free.

When I saw the documentary Sharkwater, I was really little. It made me mad. When I found out that Rob Stewart was going to try and stop Toronto from buying shark fins, I wanted to help. I also wanted to make sure my friends knew what was going on so I told them about the shark fin ban that might happen.

How does Amber save sharks?
I helped make Toronto Fin Free. I got my friend to sign a petition but my school board stopped me from doing it. I did get over 50 signatures before that though.  I wrote my own deputation which was cool because I didn’t even know you could do this if you want to make changes in laws. I presented it to the councilors at Toronto City Hall. I guess my time and effort helped. I feel good about making a difference. I can’t wait to be able to do it again one day.

See me in action