Myths and Facts About Sought After Shark Attacks

Sharks make the news every year for tragic and non-fatal interactions with humans. Because of the considerable attention and exposure, our society has essentially demonised these creatures as "man murderers," despite the fact that such incidents are statistically rare. Sharks, to be honest, have a horrible rep. Sharks have become feared rather than loved as a result of sensationalised stories and stereotyping. They're described as deadly, indiscriminate murderers who eat anything that comes their way. Sharks, on the other hand, are the most common victims. Millions are murdered each year to meet the demand for their fins, which are used in soup and consumed as a status symbol. The high demand for fins has resulted in overfishing and pollution, this all puts sharks in a rather miserable condition.

Listed below are some of the common myths about this crucial sea creature.

  • All sharks are big and have a lot of sharp teeth

Not all sharks resemble the ones we see in movies, which are huge, heavy, and torpedo-shaped. Sharks appear in a range of shapes and sizes, ranging from the tiny 8-inch-long deepwater dogfish to the huge 40-foot-long whale shark. The horn shark has molar-like teeth that it uses to smash hard-shelled prey, whereas the basking shark has tiny teeth that it doesn't even use for feeding.

  • Sharks are man-eater

Sharks will not eat humans. Sharks that attack humans are frequently seeking prey that is similar in size to humans, like seals or dolphins. The majority of shark species feed fish and invertebrates like squid and clams. Large filter feeders, like the whale shark, strain plankton through modified gills, whereas base suction feeders, like the nurse shark, appear to “inhale” food into their jaws.

  • Sharks are not very important

Shark populations that are in good health are connected to thriving marine habitats. Shark extinction threatens the lives, food security, and tourist potential of coastal communities in many countries.

  • Humans don’t harm sharks

Shark habitats are rapidly declining around the world, owing to illicit, undocumented, and uncontrolled fishing, as well as being trapped in ghost nets. Sharks develop slowly, mature over several years, and have a small number of offspring. They are also harmed by the vast and growing demands for shark fins, as well as a general lack of shark fishery management. To meet customer requirements, populations simply cannot replenish at the same rate as they are captured and finned. Bycatch sharks are frequently caught and discarded in longlines, trawl nets, and seine nets.

According to the WWF, Sharks are an important part of the marine ecosystem that must be preserved. Bycatch of sensitive fish populations, such as sharks, is being addressed by the WWF. At international meetings (such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), we advocate for stronger trade protections, and our efforts have paid dividends. Some of the most endangered sharks and rays gained the attention they deserved in 2013, and countries are now taking steps to ensure that they are captured and sold sustainably. Furthermore, WWF is collaborating with TRAFFIC to address the trade in shark fins and meat, with the goal of improving fishing rules to conserve shark populations while simultaneously reducing market demand Hence, it’s important to burst the myths we have towards this beautiful creature and rather start harmonizing with it.

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