US Open’s 2020 champion, Dominic Thiem, tried to raise awareness both around the vulnerability and the importance of the whale sharks – a species characterized by filmmaker Ali Tabrizi as being similar to the creatures depicted in the well-known Avatar movie – on Monday, celebrating International Whale Shark Day.
In his attempt, the Austrian player promoted a post made by the crew responsible for Seaspiracy’s Instagram account. Seaspiracy is a Netflix documentary that was launched this year. Its storyline goes as follows: “Passionate about ocean life, a filmmaker sets out to document the harm that humans do to marine species - and uncovers alarming global corruption,” according to IMDB.
“As it's #InternationalWhaleSharkDay we wanted to take a moment to celebrate these amazing creatures, highlight why they're so important to our oceans and what's threatening them!
Whale Sharks are now listed as a 'vulnerable' species due to overfishing and species exploitation, but we can all do our part to make sure they don't become an endangered species and instead, thrive once again in our oceans,” the caption of the Instagram post reads.
“I couldn’t believe it existed... Truly like a creature from Avatar”
The director of Seaspiracy, Ali Tabrizi, also commented on the post shared by Thiem. “The first time I saw a whale shark I couldn’t believe it existed on this Earth.
It’s truly like a creature from Avatar!! Let’s do everything we can to protect them,” wrote director Ali Tabrizi. Regarding Dominic Thiem’s current tennis affairs, he is missing this year’s US Open due to a wrist injury.
The Austrian current world number 6 defeated Alexander Zverev in the 2020 US Open final to claim his first Grand Slam title.