As awareness grows about the misunderstanding of our sharks and just how much it is not in our best interest to see them disappear, an increasing number of shark sanctuaries are appearing. These are places where sharks and other life in the seas are protected, and tourism takes the place of the loss of commercial shark fishing. Marine life is studied, and endangered sharks are given a chance to survive thereby benefiting the entire ecosystem.
The Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks has a Shark Sanctuaries page with a wealth of information, history, news, and resources. The NOAA’s Sharks in the Sanctuaries is another wonderful site. The creation of shark sanctuaries is definite progress toward turning things around.
“An ancient shark called Carcharodon Megalodon (“rough tooth, big tooth”) had the largest shark teeth ever found, measuring more than six inches long. Its jaws were big enough to swallow an entire car, and it was the same length as the dinosaur T-Rex. Some people believe this shark may still exist in deep water.”
—. 2002. Sharks and Other Scary Sea Creatures. New York: Dorling Kindersley Limited.