6 things we learnt from shark conservation scientist Dr. Rachel Graham

#1 Sharks are living history

In 1504 Michael Angelo was sculpting David while some Greenland sharks alive today were swimming the oceans as baby sharks. Thats 500 years ago – when our great, great, great, great, great, great grandparents were alive. These sharks literally carry history with them. Scientists have found  particles from the World War II Hiroshima atomic bombing layered into the lens of Greenland sharks’ eyes.

# 2 The path from point A to point B in life is never straight.

Rachel always loved sharks but it took her a few awe inspiring encounters to realize that protecting sharks was her passion. Now she tracks sharks for years. And guess what, they also doing go from point A to point B in a straight line.

#3 Humans hunt sharks

Sharks don’t hunt humans. Between 28 to 73 million sharks are killed each year. Last year there were only 6 shark attacks on humans.

#4 It is OK to swim with sharks

Go diving with responsible tourism organizations. Avoid riding sharks and respect their surroundings. Video courtesy MarAlliance. 

#5 Sharks matter because they are an integral part of the marine eco-system

Sharks like humans have longer reproduction cycles which means when they are fished they are more likely to go extinct.

#6 You don't have to be a shark conservation scientist to protect sharks

Kids an start with spreading the word through art.  You can start with using less plastic the ends up in the oceans and not buying shark products.Adults can use their professional skills – graphic design, programming, legal, accounting, etc. – to help organizations that are at the frontlines.

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