Sharks are jawsome!

Sharks. More afraid of us than we are of them. At least they should be.

Sharks are darn pretty awesome! They’ve been around for millions of years, they have some mighty ancestors and some amazing talents. Unfortunately that have been misrepresented in the media as vicious man eating monsters. This is far from the case. You more likely to be killed by a falling coconut or vending machine or even while taking a selfie!

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Sharks are misrepresented, misunderstood and endangered creatures. They play a major role in maintaining the delicate balance of life in our oceans. Many species of shark are on the top of the food chain they help keep marine populations in check by feeding on the sick and weak. If sharks were wiped out it would have a devastating effect on all marine life and the faith of our oceans.

The major threat to sharks unsustainable fishing practices. Sharks are mainly killed for their fins, that are used to make shark fin soup, an Asian delicacy. The sharks are usually finned at sea and then throw over board where they won’t survive for long without their fins. With a decrease of over 90% in some species in the last 30 years due to unregulated fishing practices now is the time to act to save these vital creatures!

We can help save shark populations by signing petitions such as the No Limits No Future by the Shark Trust to help limit the number of sharks that can be caught.

Here’s some facts and figures to show how awesome these creatures really are!

sharks infographic

About the Author

Ann Robinson
Has a passion for coastal heritage and maritime history. Loves sharing the best of the Irish coast online. Contact me ann@coastmonkey.ie or follow me on Twitter @AnnRobinson22

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