Sharks have been around for over 450 million years. They were here before the dinosaurs and have survived five mass extinction events… yet they are now more at risk than ever before from human impact. Can we save them before it’s too late?
Sharks really need a public image overhaul. Sadly, these animals are facing threats from every angle, and elicit little sympathy from the public. While sharks are so often feared by humans, the fact is that they have far more reason to be scared of us — millions of sharks are facing cruelty and suffering every year because of the fishing industry, and entire species are threatened with extinction.
Like all marine animals, sharks live in an environment that is alien to us. 80% of our planet is water and most of it still remains undiscovered and undocumented – we know more about outer space than our own ocean! But through helping people to understand this incredibly diverse and fascinating group of fish, perhaps we can help shape a world where sharks are given the same consideration, compassion and respect that all animals deserve.
Here are eight reasons why everyone should care about sharks: