Blacktip reef sharks, Maldives
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A shiver of sharks on the hunt. Shark Awareness Day
Today, on Shark Awareness Day, let's dive into the ocean's depths to meet our finned friends. Sharks have thrived for a long time—it's believed that sharks have been cruising the oceans for at least 420 million years, according to fossil records. There are over 500 species of sharks—a third of which are threatened with extinction—each uniquely adapted to its habitat. From the graceful hammerhead with its panoramic vision, to the sleek mako, fastest of all sharks, to today's camouflaged blacktip reef sharks, these creatures display a remarkable diversity. Sharks have a fearsome reputation, which has led to them being victims of myths and misconceptions such as that they are constantly aggressive, mindless killing machines or that they can smell a single drop of blood in the ocean. Let's celebrate these magnificent and misunderstood creatures by advocating for their conservation.