Why sharks should fear humans more than humans fear sharks?


Picture of a man fishing a shark.

The Shark’s Worst Enemy?


Sharks generally arouse fear in humans.

But it would seem that there is greater reason for sharks to fear humans.

“A few dozen” humans die each year as a result of shark attacks, while an estimated 100,000,000 sharks are killed annually by fishermen.

This fact worries many marine biologists, who fear that the natural balance of the oceans could be disturbed if the destruction continues.

Sharks play a vital role in controlling marine populations.

Since sharks are slow to reach sexual maturity and have only a few pups after a long gestation period, overfishing threatens to drive some shark species to extinction.

One practice that marine experts particularly deplore is “finning”—cutting off the fins for food and throwing the shark back into the sea to die.