Shark Week also represents missed opportunities to raise awareness.
Segments about shark fin soup, overfishing, and a reality check on shark bites would go a long way to rationalizing the fear and telling the whole story -- that sharks and people are connected. People need healthy oceans and sharks are crucial to keeping oceans healthy.
- Tens of millions of sharks are killed each year for their fins for soup.
- Overfishing kills sharks as bycatch and upsets the food web by removing their prey.
- You are more likely to get hit by lighting than bit by a shark.