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In this section, we tell the story of sharks.Photo Credit: John Scarlett
We've prepared this material with marine biologists throughout the world to share with you why sharks are interesting and worth saving. There are about 500 species of sharks beyond the one or two most people know about. They exist in every marine ecosystem. Sharks have presided over those ecosystems as apex predator for millions of years. Now, sharks are being eliminated by a relatively new apex predator from which sharks have no natural protection: man.
With almost 500 species, there is a great deal of diversity among sharks, including the world's largest fish, the Whale Shark, and some as small as a few inches.
Sharks face the threat of extinction in every part of the world, primarily due to overfishing driven by the high demand for shark fins.
Sharks are at the heart of a healthy ocean and a booming ecotourism industry.