Shark Week has become an annual tradition at Discovery Channel spotlighting the underwater serial killer we have come to fear and respect at a distance from the shore. The shark is a killer without mercy, a killing machine that now has become the greatest game for the main predator on earth. Man is mass killing sharks for a new practice called shark finning. The equilibrium of the ocean ecology is in precarious danger of collapsing as the top food chain monarch will relinquish his throne to another creature in the seas and cause havoc for many fish that depend on the shark. Life and death are a natural way of life in nature to keep everything balanced, the shark as many other predators play an important role in earth’s existence. The shark is one of the oldest creature in the waters and have played a principal role in keeping sovereign rule in the oceans. Once it becomes extinct we can only guess what will happen to fish populations and the outcome of the food chain that will eventually trickle down to our own tables. Shark week is not for the weak, however we have to respect the power of the shark in the equation of life and respect it. Selfish fishing for profit will only hurt everybody, the shark gets no mercy because of his reputation. If he were Flipper, we would stop the brutal rape of the ocean’s greatest creature we have come to know as the shark.
On Patrol with the Men Fighting to End the Great Shark Slaughter
Conservation Links: Visit organizations dedicated to sharks.
State of the Shark Map: Explore their status.
Video: See why shark populations are in decline.
Planet Green: Dive into ocean conservation with Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau during Blue August.