“You are more likely to die from fireworks or lightning, than from getting attacked and killed by a shark…”
Reproductive age of sharks
Hunting speed of Great White Sharks underwater, thanks to their streamlined shape and powerful tails
of a shark’s brain is devoted to smell
of the world’s sharks and rays are threatened with extinction*
*Red List compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature
© Copyright Sean Lee-Davies for Project C:Change
The awe-inspiring predators of the ocean have had the tables turned on them. While they continue to strike fear into the hearts of those who meet them at see, the opposite should be the case as sharks have become more victims than anything else over the last century.
There are over 500 species of shark internationally but because sharks cannot breed as fast as other fish, overfishing has alarmingly reduced their numbers. The growing shark fin trade is a deadly threat to a variety of shark species. Once captured, shark fins are removed and the shark is thrown back into the sea. Sharks also fall victim to fishing nets intended for other species. This, in conjunction with the popularity of shark meat in certain areas of the world, has made some species of sharks endangered.
Sharks are on top of the ocean’s food chain and have kept the seas healthy for 450 million years. Being an integral part of this ecosystem, their plight provides a valuable indication of the ocean’s health. Studies have indicated that dwindling numbers of sharks can lead to disastrous effects that include, but are not limited to the collapse of fisheries and the death of coral reefs.