Shark Awareness Day 14th of July
Did you know?
More than 450 types of sharks exist in the world today and thousands of shark species have come and gone over the course of millions of years!
Sharks are without a doubt one of the oldest creatures this planet has ever known. In fact, they evolved long before dinosaurs! The fossil record of cartilaginous fish goes back 450 million years to the Paleozoic era.
Sharks themselves began to appear about 400 million years ago, during the Devonian period, which is often called “The Age of Fishes”.
Sharks worldwide are threatened by human activities such as overfishing, exploitation for certain body parts, habitat degradation, and sometimes, outright slaughter. A major conservation challenge is that we are missing basic information. Although many species are widespread, a lack of fisheries data makes it impossible to assess the status of most species.
aring information about these splendid animals can only help to raise awareness of them.
Shark specialist esitmate that 100 million sharks are killed every year!
Why Do we need Sharks!
Sharks play a very important role in marine communities and help maintain the delicate balance of life! Many species sit at the top of the food chain, keeping other marine animal populations in check. Some sharks feed on the sick and weak, which helps prey populations to stay healthy—many of which are also commercially important fish species.
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!
How do we save sharks?
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! Talk about the sharks impact or share texts like this 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.
Become a member and support an organization that is working for helping saving the sharks: https://theperfectworldfoundation.org/get-involved/donations/become-a-member/