So, question. When you hear the word SHARK how many of you immediately visualize this type of shark and this type of behavior?
If you don't, what do you think of?? Is it a problem most people imagine great whites as the typical looking shark, even though their famous jaws and body is a minority look within the 500+ species of shark? Is it time we start shifting public perception and open their eyes to the majority of shark species that receive little or no attention? White sharks are firmly in the limelight and one false move by humans towards these sharks means it spreads all over the press like wildfire. Meanwhile many other smaller and less dramatic looking sharks are being abused and overfished as the public turn a blind eye to the not so famous fish. EXAMPLE- The Shark Trust launched a 'No Limits' campaign back in 2014 to highlight sharks such as blue sharks, tope, smoothhounds, catsharks and surprisingly short fin mako sharks all of which have absolutely NO catch limits even though the species account for over 97% of reported Atlantic shark landings. What does this mean in simple terms? Fishermen can catch and kill as many of these species of sharks as they like, there's simply no limit on what quantity can be caught and killed. So, the next time you hear the word SHARK, think past the white shark image and consider the masses that don't receive as much attention, because it's about time we start shouting about the weird sharks, the boring looking sharks, the deep dwelling sharks we never see or hear about, the unpopular sharks, the tiny sharks and the ugly sharks that need us just as much as 'JAWS' does.
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