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Sharks are key to the health of our oceansPhoto Credit: Robert Dion
Divers, when choosing a dive destination, rank sharks and mantas as the #1 attraction – ranking them higher than healthy coral reefs or turtles – making them a crucial part of the economy in some parts of the world. Add to that the fact that sharks, as apex predators, are vital to maintaining the balance of our ocean ecosystems and you begin to understand the true value of sharks.
Sharks are worth more alive than dead! Divers rate sharks as among their top attractions on a dive site. Because of this, sharks bring millions of dollars in ecotourism revenue to coastal communities that can provide both protection for sharks and offer added sustainable tourism infrastructure.