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Why are sharks important?

Submitted by Gurnek Narang, 8 Years, Thailand

Over 100 million sharks have been killed by humans each year and their population has decreased by 70% in the last 50 years. This has created a significant imbalance in the ocean ecosystems. Sharks are apex predators in the water and removing them from the food chain causes an unhealthy ecosystem. Sharks have lived on earth for more than 450 million years.

Apex predators are also known as alpha predators or top predators. They are predators at the top of a food chain, without natural predators. For example, lions are one of the apex predetors on land. 

Finning is an illegal process of cutting shark fins off the sharks and releasing them back in the ocean.  

Humans are not part of a shark’s natural diet and they don’t hunt humans. On an average there are 100 unprovoked shark attacks reported annually of which less than 5 result in death of a human. 

Currently the maximum number of sharks are found in the waters around Australia and The United States of America.

 “The sea should be enjoyed, the animals in it should be enjoyed too.” - Eugiene Clark (The Shark Lady), Marine Conservationist.

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