While there are some disturbing photos attached with this post, they are necessary, as they highlight the danger that these animals are in. It is estimated that 100 million sharks are killed annually (almost 12,000 an hour), but these are not concrete numbers. As the author states, "The estimated 100 million sharks landed globally is likely an understatement. We don't have much time."
These photos just show the dark side of many countries, like Ecuador, Japan, Taiwan and Indonesia. Yet, these are not the only countries responsible for the decline of these magnificent predators. We are all responsible-- those who wield the knife, those who are educated but stay mute and those who are blissfully unaware.
The Earth is made up of 75% water, most of that being seawater. We are all somehow impacted by those salty waves, and so what goes on underwater should be our business. So why isn't this making headlines? Why is there no outcry for the slaughter of these animals who are just as important to their ecosystem as pandas, polar bears and seals?
They have portrayed these animals as man-killers and monsters. Yet, we kill more of them in a single year than they have, ever since shark encounters (no longer called "shark bites") have been recorded. Don't believe me? Since 1580, there are only 153 human fatalities attributed to all species of sharks combined WORLDWIDE.
The life of a shark scientist and conservationist is sometimes depressing when harsh realities like this article hit you. But this is why I do what I do. This is what Sarasota Fins is all about-- educating those who are kept in the dark and urging everyone to speak up, because if we don't act now... it might be too late.