Shark Attacks

Shark Attacks

Sharks don’t like the taste of us much. In fact for every shark that kills a human, a human kills two million sharks averaging one hundred million a year. Most shark attacks occur around popular beaches about one hundred feet away from the shore line. Sharks attack about eight people a year with less then half being fatal. These are not threatening animals to humans, they don’t hunt us but we enter their domain and mistake us for seals, sea turtles, and sea lions. #SAVEOURSHARKS

 

Knowing our Neighbors

Knowing our Neighbors

Most sharks can’t stop moving or they will drown because there is no water flowing through their gills. Sharks are especially active at night when they hunt. Some sharks migrate over very large distances like the Great White for food and breeding. Great Whites also attack and surprise their prey usually being sea lions and seals.While other shark species are solitary, others display social behavior at various levels. Hammerhead sharks, for instance, school during the mating season around seamounts and islands. All sharks are different and play a different role in one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. #SAVEOURSHARKS

 

King of the Ocean

King of the Ocean

Sharks play a very important role in the ocean which most fish do not. Sharks are top predators with little to no natural predators. They help keep other fish populations in check for a healthy population and functional and diverse ecosystem like a coral reef. The loss of these apex predators will cause ecosystems to collapse, then go “dead” being unable to sustain life, and that’s exactly what’s happening. #SAVEOURSHARKS

 

Goodbye SHARKS!

Goodbye SHARKS!

These predators that are on the top of the food chain help keep the oceans very large ecosystem balanced. Humans kill over 100 million every year, which is cause it these creatures to be on the extinction list. So if they are going extinct, predators like the grouper and snapper eat more fish because of their population increases. Now the fish they consume eat algae, so if all the grouper eat those fish there’s nothing to keep the algae from overgrowing and killing coral roofs and small crustaceans. The ocean holds the MOST diverse ecosystems so when coral reefs die, millions of other species are left with nothing, no food or shelter. So, this leaves fishermen with no job, and the beautiful reef is no longer there for tourism. Also, if there’s no coral, it can’t protect coastal areas from storm damage, erosion, or floods. #SAVEOURSHARKS

 

Shark Extinction

Shark Extinction

Sharks are very endangered and put on the top ten list of endangered species. Sharks are threatened by shark fishing, commercial fishing, commercial fishing by-catch, pirate fishing, bait drum lines, shark nets, chemical pollution, garbage which equals 14 billion pounds a year, and habitat loss which is only a few examples as to what we do to our ecosystems. We invade their territory and with only an average of 19 shark attacks and half being fatal we kill over 100 million. This as supports the acidification of our oceans. If sharks go extinct, humans may be next.

 

Shark Finning Awareness

Shark Finning Awareness

Shark finning is very popular due to “Shark Fin Soup” where the LIVE shark’s fins are cut off for the meat as the main protein in the dish. The shark is then thrown back into the ocean. Sharks need water flowing through their gills always to survive, so without their fins, they cannot swim nor breath and die within the minutes. On average, there are only 19 Shark attacks yearly and less than half being fatal. Lighting strikes and kills more than an average of 38 people a year and in 1996 STATED BY National Geographic, toilets injured 43,000 Americans while in that year sharks injured 13. Humans kill over 100 million sharks yearly. This puts these top predictors in an extremely high risk of extinction which is exactly what’s happening.

 

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