Lately I have been seeing more and more people talking and spreading propaganda that sharks are these evil species of fish that go around biting off peoples legs for the sheer joy of it, when this is just not true. The opinion of the majority of the people in today’s society on sharks has been altered by media and stereotypes, and so people have become blinded to the crazy and irrational idea that these creatures are just not much of a threat to humans as they are made out to be. They choose not to do the research but to base their feelings on those of Hollywood and others.
Due to these reasons people do not understand why activists are wanting to conserve sharks.. they wonder this while they are holding competitions to see who can murder the biggest one. They do not seem to understand that sharks have shaped the evolution of the oceans for over 450 billion years and if you remove them and the ecological balance and diversity that is inside the oceans crumbles. Sharks are the apex predator of the ocean and are very critical to the survival of the oceans.
Not only do people not want the shark to be conserved, they don’t want them to be conserved for an incorrect stereotype. Their own ignorance is the reason that hundreds and thousands of sharks have lost their lives and continue to lose their lives. Just the very idea that sharks are monsters that live to kill humans is an atrocity! Sharks kill on average 5 people a year. 5 people. Ostriches kill 100. Coke machines falling over on people kill 9. 6 million people die every year from smoking, around 6 billion people die from automobile accidents every year. Sharks have been wrongly accused of being man hunting monsters for too long.
I once heard a comedian talking about sharks, and I found that I really loved this comedian.. he said something along the lines of… “What are people talking about shark attacks? There has not ever been a shark attack in all of history. There has been shark defense. The ocean is the sharks home and you are choosing to go into it… his turf. You invading his area, and he has the right to defend himself. If some weird creature plopped into yo living room, you would probably take a chunk out of him too. First time a shark comes up on land and bites you, then you can scream about a shark attack. But until that happens, you better respect them.”
No shark attacks a human unprovoked… sharks aren’t even hunters, they’re scavengers! If you’re out in the ocean doing something stupid or crazy, something you probably shouldn’t be doing, then you’re taking that risk.
Bottom line, sharks are not some evil creature from the depths of the ocean that have the sole intention of eating a human.