Sharks and humans have a complex relationship.
We have a respect and reverence for these ocean dwellers, partially out of admiration for their perfectly evolved predatory skills, partially out of a fear of their ferocity and dominance of the oceans.
Perhaps this is why Shark Week is such a popular event, or why there are so many infographics about sharks. Here are 13 of them:
7.- So, Is Killing Sharks the Answer?
8.- Probably not. There is another kind of Shark Attack going on. Humans are attacking sharks in massive numbers.
9.- This is having a huge impact on shark populations around the world. Europe isn’t even a major cause, but in 2009 EU vessels landed 112,329 tons of sharks.
10.- This slaughter is causing Great Danger for Great Whites.
11.- And for Scalloped Hammerheads.
12.- And for the Smooth Hammerhead.
13.- Sharks have a long lineage, and are some of the oldest species around. We should be protecting the whole Shark Family, and respecting them out of admiration and high regard, not out of fear and hatred.