• Aryan Shah

Why we need to stop the revenge killing of sharks


When you think of a shark, I'm sure you imagine a perilous beast with razor sharp teeth and a thirst for human blood. Well... You are heavily mistaken.   

In the whole world, there are only 70 shark attacks a year, which, if you think about it, isn't a lot. And out of that, only 10 fatalities. The main reasons why sharks attack are because they mistake you for a turtle or a seal or because they feel intimidated by your presence.

Sharks are usually, very placid creatures and don't really attack unless necessary. 

I think that the cinema industry also portrays sharks incorrectly. Like the famous Jaws fracnchise which has certainly put people off anything to do with the ocean. Even the new movie this year 'the Meg' is ruining the reputation of these magnificent beasts.

Revenge killing is the process, where sharks are hunted and killed because a human was killed or injured by one. In my opinion, I think this process is horrible and cruel as sharks are brutally slaughtered for living their life naturally. This is unacceptable and it must stop! 

This cannot continue because sharks are the Apex predators of their ecosystem. This means that they have no predators and are therefore at the top of the food chain. They keep all of the other fish in check. Without sharks, there are no other predators to keep the population of other fish in control. If the population of these fish grows, then they will eat all of the other animals and there will finally be no food left for any animals, causing a catastrophic decline in biodiversity.

Something I also want to touch on, is the fact that less people are willing to Scuba dive in the water. Just the mere mention of the ocean sends a shiver up their spine, which shouldn't be the case. 

I went Scuba diving in the Seychelles (archipelago of islands bear Mauritius) and it was the most exhilarating experience of my life. Before my first dive, I was petrified! All I could think about were sharks! As soon I entered the water, the beauty of the big blue left me stunned. All my problems seemed to disappear and I relished the experience. In all of my dives I saw many animals like turtles, stonefish, sting rays, sea urchins, reef fish, humphead parrotfish, lionfish and barracudas.

I am so proud of myself for overcoming my fear of the infinite ocean. 

Sharks don't really attack Scuba divers because they think we are wierd looking creatures. So they would want to stay as far away as possible.

Sharks are beautiful creatures of the world and haven't changed for 400 million years. I think we should stop revenge killing them because they haven't done anything wrong and they don't deserve to be slaughtered by us humans.


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