" Judge someone by their attitude when the rain starts pouring out of no where. By how they handle having to wait in line for things. By how they react when the store runs out of their shoe size. A well planned and organized person is always presentable, but it’s the raw unaccountability of the world that brings out the real you. "
And just feeling that small can be terrifying. Educate people who make those posts about "killer sharks" and whatnot. Not the people who are marveling over the beauty of something being so much larger than you even though it can be terrifying.
I educate both. Because while that feeling of terror is natural, it can certainly fuel the slaughter. Yes, the beauty part was very sweet, but whale sharks are often killed for their large fins and the justification is how large and ‘scary’ they can be, which ‘makes it okay.’ Their beauty doesn’t save them then.
Education is key in any circumstance, and to limit it to one situation would be imprudent. I see where you’re coming from, but you have to remember that fear can drive people to do things, not always good. That beauty doesn’t stop everyone from spreading a certain stigma that sharks are scary, and many will interpret it not as size but as a misconstrued perception that they are indeed killers.
ALSO! The terrariums Ally (satiricalhonesty) and I use for our geckos are ReptiLedge - made by a guy out of Canada offering VERY affordable acrylic cages, which allow UVB from sunlight to pass through, as opposed to glass which only allows something like 2%. They're also featherweight! The geckos love the natural light and ventilation and we love that they don't weigh 10 lbs. We also use ReptiBreeze for adults in the warm months, Exo-Terras in the winter. Check out ReptiLedge though!
I actually really want one after looking at them. Time to save up… Again.
To your anon (and anyone else): Beardies do NOT make good beginner lizards! They need a MINIMUM of a 55 gallon tank, lights for both a high-heat basking spot and UVB, as well as having a complicated diet consisting of both bugs dusted with calcium and very specific fruits & vegetables. Adult beardies should typically be kept in a 75 gallon tank to allow enough room to move and a proper temperature gradient. Overall, a lot of beginners are drastically unprepared to meet these needs.
For you, anon!