Are Sharks Mindless Killers

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Are sharks mindless killers?

Think about the word shark, what comes to your mind? To most people it’s the vision of a mindless killing machine that is only out for human blood. Sharks, regardless of what Hollywood portrays them to be, are gentle, curious creatures that are not out to get people. National Geographic states that “Over 375 shark species have been identified, but only about a dozen are considered particularly dangerous. Three species are responsible for most human attacks: great white (Carcharodon carcharias), tiger (Galeocerdo Cuvier), and bull (Carcharhinus leucas) sharks”. Almost every recorded attack happened because of the shark’s curiosity, misidentification and plain human stupidity.
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Sharks hunt in low lighting and murky waters, so if you cannot see the shark, how can you even see the warnings? Swimming in the wrong places can confuse the shark into thinking you are prey and you are more prone to be attacked. Another way to increase your chance of attack is if you go into the water and are bleeding in any way. Sharks have superior sense of smell and can smell a single drop of blood in one million drops of water. Excessive splashing may also confuse the shark into mistaking you as an animal in distress. Sharks will go immediately to the distressed animal because they are weak and it’s an easy meal. Another reason why humans are attacked is by making themselves look like the sharks main source of food. An example of this is by lying on a surf board with your arms and legs in the water. From below it makes the same silhouette as a sea turtle or seal, same as lying on your back in the water. People are getting closer and closer to the sharks and making themselves a part of their life. People are gaining a respect for the sharks, but at the same time, the sharks don 't see you as much as a threat and attacks will increase more and…show more content…
Millions of sharks are killed by humans every year from the process of finning. Finning is where the fins are cut of a shark for shark fin soup, which is considered a delicacy, after that, the body is then thrown back into the ocean while the shark is still living. This is not only wasteful but also cruel and inhumane. By the time you finish reading this paper, about 856 sharks are killed from this. That adds up to about 11,417 sharks per hour and 100,012,920 every year. Co-author of “Sharks of the World” Leonard Compagno said, “The dawn of the latest extinction crisis was less than 20 years ago” (Compagno page 43). This over-fishing is destroying the ocean ecosystem by taking a vital part

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