The Truth about Sharks
The shark’s huge body, razor-sharp teeth, and predatory instincts are things that really scare people. So it’s no wonder that sharks are often depicted as vicious animals roaming around the Earth’s ocean waiting to attack.
They have often been shown in movies and TV shows terrorizing swimmers, surfers and divers. For this reason sharks are regarded as villains of the deep blue sea. This is one of reasons most people don’t feel bad when sharks are caught, killed, and sold at the market.
Did you know that sharks are prehistoric animals?
They are believed to have existed approximately 340 million years ago. This was before land vertebrates existed and before plants even began to grow on the Earth’s surface.
Of cause the prehistoric sharks do look different compared to the sharks we know today, but the part of the worlds evolution.
Even though most sharks are predators, there are some types of sharks that are gentle in nature. For example, the whale shark is not only gentle it’s also the biggest shark and only feeds on plankton.
You properly know the Great white shark as a wild fears monster from movies like Jaws. This is not a true picture of the shark. The great white shark is a predator, but we as humans are not on their food chain. Remember this next time you think of the sharks.
The Sad Truth about Sharks
Unfortunately sharks are counted as an endangered marine animal.
They are on of the many types of marine animals that are hunted and killed because their meat is considered a delicacy.
In fact, shark is a major delicacy in some Asian countries. Here they make shark fin soup and to the extreme price of $80 to $100 per bowl. Since this is a sought after delicacy so many countries, a lot of other nations such as Japan, India, the Philippines, and many others continue to catch shark despite them being almost extinct.
The shark population in the world continues to worsen because so few countries still haven’t banned shark fin soup. The most recent data showed an average of 73 million sharks is killed every year.
Ending Shark Killings
At one time there wasn’t anything done to protect sharks, however, that has changed. Today there are many shark advocates that are committed to ending shark killings worldwide.
These groups have quite big success with their efforts in convincing the international community of the dangers of shark finning.
For example, China was previously the leading country allowing shark consumption. Today, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China removed shark fin soup from their official banquets. But don't let yourself be fooled there are still a long way to go before shark finning are banned all over the world.
What You Can Do to Stop the Killing of Sharks
The first thing you can do is to stop purchasing products made from sharks. Do not buy shark fin soup, shark meat, shark vitamins, shark teeth or any other shark related products.
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