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Sharks: badly loved because they are badly known?

Freediver and tiger shark
Freediver and tiger shark
Aliwal Shoal, South Africa - © M. Dupuis

We often hear that sharks are “nasty”, when comparing them with “gentle” dolphins. Animals are neither gentile, nor nasty.
There are only human beings who are the only ones to testify of the wickedness by qualifying it as a “sample defect" in the best case and who is capable of raising the cruelty a lifestyle for some others …
In order to let people know a little bit more about these incredible animals, TENDUA presents, in this dedicated file which will be completed as one goes along, some of these magnificent animals encountered during our journeys.
As such, TENDUA thank the photographers who were kind enough to give their images to illustrate our comment.

Firstly, don’t forget that sharks are indispensables to the balance of our oceans. But unfortunately they are extremely threatened either by the practice of ‘finning’, the accidental (or not) overfishing, the sea pollution, a late sexual maturity and a low rate of reproduction… We would like to participate to the “sharks’ rehabilitation” in the people’s mind and we sincerely hope that we won’t have to classify sharks as extinct species.

During the following overview, we will cover the points listed below, and to follow the last news about sharks, go on http://www.protection-requins.org. Enjoy your reading!

  • 400 million years of evolution deserves some respect
  • Elements of the sharks anatomy and physiology
  • In 2009, around 500 shark species are in danger, some very close to extinction: threats and objectives of conservation
  • An indispensable link in the food chain
  • Sharks and Men: myth and reality
  • Some advice to scuba divers
  • Some Red Sea sharks … and others
    to know more about pelagic sharks go to http://www.protection-requins.org/f...
    to know more about reef sharks go to http://www.protection-requins.org/f...
    to know more about less known sharks go to http://www.protection-requins.org/r...

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