SHARKS,DANGEROUS OR MISUNDERSTOOD?
Sharks have been around for millions of years, they survived the extinction of the dinosaurs and eventually evolved into what we see today.Sharks are the vicious killing machines as movies depict them, or are they?
The shark, nature’s perfect aquatic killing machine has dominated the oceans waters for centuries, in their diet, they eat humans and other sea animals, or do they? Movies such as Jaws and Sharknado have shown sharks as evil unstoppable killing machines and have stopped many people from going to the beach but is this actually true?I personally believe that sharks are being mistreated and have earned a bad reputation, and I will explain why.
Sharks are the ocean’s top predator, but does this make them man-killers? No, it doesn’t, according to the ISAF(international shark attack file) between 1985 and 2016, 2875 confirmed shark attack have occurred worldwide and only 439 were fatal, now that may seem like a big number but compare that to the 3,287 daily car crash deaths toll, not so big anymore huh? This is something that we use every day and we don’t run in terror when we see a car, why should sharks be treated this way? A lot of people think that humans are on a shark’s diet, that is not accurate.All of the 2875 shark attacks were unprovoked, meaning that sharks didn’t intentionally attack humans.It’s been proven that sharks have bad eyesight so when they see a surfer from below it seems like a seal to them so they attack it, but once sharks get a taste of humans they let go and swim on.Furthermore, sharks don’t have hands to feel or touch anything so to “feel” something sharks use their mouth.They “feel” what they see with their mouth so they don’t go attacking humans at the random.Another misconception is that sharks can smell human blood in over a mile of water, this is true but sharks can’t distinguish the difference between fish blood and human blood, so when they sense the blood they go after it but they don’t know what they are going after.
Another misconception is that all sharks are big and are carnivores, but that’s not true.About 85 percent of sharks are carnivores but out of that 85, only about 8% are known to have attacked humans.In that eight percent, you have the great white, tiger shark, bull shark, lemon shark, and blue shark.All those sharks are not man-eaters,but they do attack humans because they are an aggressive species.It’s these types of sharks that have earned the reputation for the rest of the sharks.Although these sharks bring fear to the word,there are others that bring joy to humans.For example the hammerhead or whale shark are prime examples of “good sharks”.The whale shark aka gentle giant is a 40 ft shark that poses no harm to humans,despite it’s size it only eats plankton and not humans,also whale sharks are accustomed to humans presence so the sharks swim at human speed and let humans swim alongside them. But also humans aren’t the saints they claim to be, a lot of sharks are near extinction because humans are hunting for shark fin soup or just because they have the idea that sharks are killers. A great amount of the world’s shark population is endangered so hunting them for no reason is highly illegal. So to sum up sharks are misunderstood animals that deserve respect and there should be more done to keep them alive.Sharks arent dangerous but misunderstood creatures