Yes, you can help sharks right now, without spending a penny! The goal of this website is to help educate as many people around the world as possible about sharks. You see, sharks are in trouble. Big trouble. And they desperately need our help. Why should we care? Well, not only are sharks some of the most beautiful and misunderstood creatures on the planet, but they are incredibly important to the global ecosystem. We often forget that salt water oceans make up more than 70% of the Earth! While humans are at the top of the ecosystem on land, Sharks are the kings of the Ocean. When the most important species of the majority of the worlds ecosystem is in trouble, everyone is in trouble.
But Don’t Sharks KILL People!?
Each year, there are about 100 reports of shark attacks on humans around the world. The majority of those attacks are provoked attacks (usually a shark caught in a fishing net or on a fish hook). The vast majority of attacks are non-fatal. In any given year, an average of 4 people will die from shark attacks – worldwide. In the united States alone, more than 155 people are killed every day in car crashes. While most people are terrified of sharks, hardly anyone has a problem getting into a car. That just goes to show how misunderstood sharks really are.
Why Are Sharks In Trouble?
Unfortunately, sharks are in trouble because of us. Ok, maybe not because of you, but because of the human race in general. Sharks do not have any enemies in the Ocean and they enjoy being at the top of the food chain, just like we are on land. Ironically enough, a sharks biggest threat comes from land animals – us humans! We’ve fished a lot of sharks out of the water and the survival of this incredibly important species is at risk. Here is the official global shark catch by year from 1950 to 2010:
According to these numbers, we are currently taking almost 800,000 sharks out of the oceans every year. Believe it or not, it gets much worse than that. The shark fin industry is thriving because shark fin is considered to be a delicacy in some parts of the world. Since the shark fin industry is very secretive, there’s no way to tell exactly how many sharks are killed for their fins. The United Nations estimates the number to be around 10-MILLION per year with some estimates as high as 100 million. No matter what number you believe, one thing is for sure. Humans are single handedly responsible for the sharp decrease in the global shark population.
How YOU Can Help Sharks – FOR FREE!
No, this isn’t where I start begging you for donations or ask you to buy a boat and go on shark saving missions! If you truly want to help save the shark population, there’s a very easy thing you can do. Talk about them. That’s it! Share websites like this one on places like Facebook, bring it up in conversation with friends or family, make positive comments on news stories about sharks, and find other simple ways to spread the knowledge. It’s not that people don’t care about sharks. As a whole, people do care about nature and our impact on the planet.
The main issue is that people don’t realize the importance (or beauty) of sharks in our fragile ecosystem. All you have to do is help to raise awareness. This website is visited by over 20,000 people every month. If one person takes me up on my advice, absolutely nothing will ever change. But if I can get just half of the people who visit this website to spread the knowledge, that’s 10,000 people per month telling friends who will tell friends who will (hopefully) tell friends. No, you can’t save sharks on your own. But together, we can do this!