The Misunderstood Shark

To shark or not to shark

school of silly sharks

The shark is one of the most widely misunderstood creatures. Feared by man and endangered by the fishing industry, increasing our understanding of sharks and why we are more of a threat to them than they are to us is extremely important. However, also understanding what their extinction will mean to other marine life and ultimately to our own well being is even more important. The rapid decrease in shark population has in fact become a threat to our entire ecosystem.

This breathtakingly beautiful video takes you into the deep for a glimpse at sharks and other marine life. If you have a little more than 40 minutes, sit back, relax, and prepare to be mesmerized by the brilliant undersea world where sharks reside.

Have questions about sharks? Check out the NOAA Fisheries Fact Sheet for some FAQ’s.

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What Is Being Done

  • Some countries have realized that sharks draw tourists. The economic benefits of tourism can slow down the demand for so much shark fishing.
  • Efforts are being made to enforce stricter guidelines for shark fishing.
  • Shark sanctuaries are being created around the world where the sharks are protected and populations restored allowing scientists to further study their effect on the ecosystem.