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10 Amazing but Endangered Shark Species (Slideshow)

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10 Amazing but Endangered Shark Species (Slideshow)

By Michael Graham Richard, TreeHugger

There are around 440 known species of sharks!

There are many iconic species of sharks – the Great White in the film Jaws was burned into popular culture, for better and for worse – but they are still a very small subsection of the over 400 shark species that have been discovered by humans so far. Unfortunately, being overlooked by popular culture doesn’t give these lesser-known species any protection, and many of them are endangered. It is estimated that up to 100 million sharks are killed by people every year, due to commercial and recreational fishing. Meanwhile, the “average number of fatalities worldwide per year between 2001 and 2006 from unprovoked shark attacks is 4.3.” Kind of a skewed ratio, no?

In honor of Shark Week, I want to give you an overview of endangered shark species, some of which most people have never heard about – yet their role as top sea predators is just as important as any of the more photogenic species. Obviously we can’t cover all endangered sharks in one post, as there are simply too many, but we’ll try to show how much variety there is among sharks.

Note that some species are so rare now that it’s hard to find photos of them.

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9:15AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Beautiful, shared!

8:55AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

the dusky shark, zebra shark and whale shark are magnificent. wow

11:09AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Thanks. People need to know more about this subject to be able to stop the killings of the sharks.

10:45AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Thank you for sharing!

8:38AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

in awe

5:41AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Thank you

12:55PM PDT on Aug 21, 2012

thanks for sharing

9:38AM PDT on Aug 21, 2012

Beautiful animals, so tragic they are endangered.

4:24AM PDT on Aug 21, 2012

Instead of 'Jaws' perhaps they should make another movie: 'Dentures'?

2:56AM PDT on Aug 21, 2012

As alterações do clima os oceanos estão aquecer o aumento da acidez das águas dos mares destroi a base de vida nos oceanos e está em risco centenas de milhões de especies é trágico e sem sentido é uma vergonha Obrigado pela informação

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