Today is International Shark Awareness Day!! On this day, we should take the time to appreciate sharks and all they do for us.
Sharks are a top predator in the food chain, this means they play a key role in maintaining fish populations and keep proper fish proportions for their ecosystem. This then keeps marine habitats in balance and thriving.
WE NEED SHARKS! The largest threat to shark species is the fishing of sharks and shark finning. Over 100million sharks are killed each year for the production of shark fun soup. During shark finning, the fisherman usually only want the fins, this is considered the most valuable part of the shark. Alot of the time, the fins are cut off and the carcus is thrown back into the ocean. Unfortunately, sometimes the shark may still be alive, without their fins they are unable to swim and will sink and drown.
Due to shark finning, shark populations have dropped to 20% of what they were 50 years ago. Soon we will eliminate all shark species from our oceans, just for the pleasure of humans.
We need sharks in order for our oceans to survive. I worry about the days when sharks are gone forever, what will become of our beautiful ocean habitats.
I have seen many sharks in my time as a Marine Biologist. Never have I ever thought their lives are less valuable just for the pleasure of humans. Being a top predator, they need to be respected and cared for. The ocean is their home and we are their guests. If you don't accept the risk of the very limited possibility of a shark bite then don't enter the ocean. Simple. .
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