Most sharks are harmful to people — FALSE
Of the more then 350 shark species, about 80 per cent are unable to hurt people or rarely encounter people.

Sharks will eat anything — FALSE

Most sharks prefer to eat certain types of invertebrates, fish and other animals. Some sharks eat mainly fish. Others eat other sharks or marine mammals. Some sharks are even plankton-eaters.
Whale sharks, the largest species of sharks, are voracious predators — FALSE
Whale sharks, which are the largest fish that ever lived, are plankton feeders like the great whales, thus the name.
The great white shark is a common, abundant species found off most beaches visited by humans — FALSE
Great whites are relatively uncommon large predators that prefer cooler waters. In some parts of their range, great whites are endangered.

Sharks are hard to kill — FALSE

Stress of capture weakens a shark, and so some sharks are easily killed in hook-and-line or net fishing.

Sharks aren’t the killing machine they are made out to be in Jaws. They are really just shy creatures who would tend to swim away from you. I encountered sharks while snorkelling once, and they really are more scared of you than you are of them. I know cos I tried to take pictures of them and they kept swimming away!

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Alot of sharks are being killed in a cruel manner every day because of their valuable fins.. Sadly, because many Asians love to eat shark fins, the fins industry is very big. And I’m very sad to be a part of the asian community who feeds this industry…

For those who do not understand why eating shark fin is cruel or for those who do not believe that sharks are shy creatures, do watch Sharkwater and find out for yourself.

Here’s one thing though:

“The oceans are the most important ecosystem on the planet, containing life that absorbs most of the carbon dioxide (global warming gas) that we put into the atmosphere, converting it to 70% of the oxygen we breathe. That life sits below sharks in the food chain, and shark populations have already dropped 90%. ” – Rob Stewart

When that happens, the delicate balance of the ocean’s ecosystem would be disrupted… we are really destroying our life support system..

I’ve pledged not to eat shark fin dishes and I hope more would follow. Together, we make a difference. Save the sharks and save yourselves!

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