I love sharks.
Having existed for 400 million years the biology of sharks has remained mostly unchanged. Apart from it’s size, Megalodon the biggest fish that has ever existed and rival to the size of today’s biggest whales, is the same as today’s white shark - it really is the greatest predator.
But sharks are being wiped out at a rate of 2-3 per second and 90-95% of many species' populations have been eliminated in just the past few decades. Persecuted by the media and Hollywood, caught for their fins in shark fin soup and medicines or hunted by fisherman for sport. As well as being caught up as bycatch and in general at risk from swindling fish stocks due to overfishing, they are in serious trouble.
On Friday a boat was caught illegally fishing in the Galápagos National Park, which has the greatest abundance of sharks in the world. Amongst its inventory is thought to be close to 10,000 sharks, including endangered scalloped hammerheads and silky sharks, as well as other fish too. A triumph but also a terrible loss.
We must do more to raise awareness and educate people that sharks play a vital part in the ocean’s ecosystem and they shouldn’t be feared, but respected.
The article is linked in my bio if you want to read more about the illegal haul.
Incredible photo of hammerhead shark migration by @kimberlyswimberly