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PROTECT OCEANS

SAVE SHARKS

Sharks have played a vital role in maintaining healthy oceans for hundreds of millions of years as a top predator. More than 450 species of sharks cruise the world’s oceans, ranging in size from 8 inches to a whopping 40 feet long. But today, nearly one in four sharks and their relatives are threatened with extinction.

Sharks are often the top predators in their ecosystems because they have few natural predators. They directly limit the populations of their prey, which in turn affects the prey species of those animals, and so on. They are a necessary component to maintaining a complex ecosystem full of diversity and life.
One of the greatest threats to sharks is finning – cutting the fins off of a shark and discarding its body at sea, where it could drown or bleed to death. Driven by the demand for shark fin soup, fins from as many as 73 million sharks end up in the shark fin trade every year.
The reality is that humans are the true top predators of the sea, killing more than 100 million sharks each year in fisheries, while sharks mistakenly kill between five and 15 people during that same period.

Each pair donates to protect sharks from the international fin trade.