1141999692

1141999692

Underwater concept of global problem with plastic rubbish floating in the oceans. Shark in caption of plastic bag

Photo by: Jag_cz

Jag_cz

Endangered Sharks of the World

By: Discovery

Our world's oceans are continually challeged by pollution, overfishing, and climate change. This affects sharks just as much as it affects humans--if not more so. Read on to learn about some endangered sharks that need our help.

March 20, 2020

It is not new news that our oceans are polluted. There are thousands of endangered animals in our ecosystem and just because sharks are the king of the sea, doesn’t mean they are exempt from the threats of over-fishing, finning, habitat disruption, and pollution. Did you know that some of the most iconic sharks reside on the endangered list?

Great Hammerhead

The great hammerhead is highly endangered and nearing extinction due to the fin trade and their close-to-shore habits.

1139993284

1139993284

Photo by: Ken Kiefer 2

Ken Kiefer 2

Great White Shark

The great white shark may rule supreme, but due to both targeted and accidental fishing, these majestic creatures are vulnerable to extinction.

590929331

590929331

Great White Shark with the afternoon light in its open jaws. Taken at the Neptune Islands, Spencer Gulf, South Australia.

Photo by: Alastair Pollock Photography

Alastair Pollock Photography

Whale Shark

The whale shark is an interesting case--they also are valuable to the fin trade and in some places, it is common to see a while shark on a menu. Recently though, toursim has actually helped the whale shark, as there are popular excursions where you can swim with them in many tropical locales. This makes them more valuable alive to some.

563426881

563426881

Whale shark swimming near the surface in Cenderawasih Bay. Whale sharks here are thought to be resident all year round feeding by sucking nutrients from the fishing nets that hang below the fishing platforms(bagans).

Photo by: by wildestanimal

by wildestanimal

Scalloped Hammerhead

Unlike the great hammerhead, the scalloped hammerhead finds its home with a gam (more commonly known as a school or herd). Though this protects them from their very few natural predators, it makes them easier to find and catch, which leads to their spot on the endandgerd species list.

598966361

598966361

SCALLOPED HAMMERHEAD SHARK, Sphyrna lewini, Sphyrnidae, Red Sea, Egypt

Photo by: Gerard Soury

Gerard Soury

Next Up

The Amazing World of Sharks

Today is Shark Awareness Day! The Explorers Club went live on Facebook to do a deep dive on the importance of sharks in our ecosystem.

Sharks are Nearly Extinct in the World's Reefs

Sharks are “too rare to fulfill their normal role in the ecosystem” according to a new study, and have become “functionally extinct” in one of five of the world’s coral reefs.

Extinct or Alive? A Question Nearly Impossible to Answer in the Ocean

It’s a big world out there, and there are a lot of places to hide. This is the mentality I take when searching for lost species, a passion I have dedicated my life and career as a wildlife biologist to.

This is What is Killing Sharks

Despite sharks sitting at the top of their food chain as an apex predator, they are an endangered species as a result of human activities.

Unraveling the Mysteries of Basking Sharks

With a scientific name that translates to "large-nosed sea monster," the Basking Shark is an elusive member of the shark family.

Great Mysteries of the Deep: How Sharks Find Their Way Home

How are sharks able to travel thousands of miles across the ocean and return to the same exact locations year after year? Last month, researchers found the answer to one of the greatest mysteries in the animal kingdom.

Deep-Sea Divers: Tiger Sharks of The Bahamas

Cutting-edge technology takes a team of scientists at Beneath the Waves (BTW) deeper than they’ve ever gone before by shedding new light on how tiger sharks use our deep seas. Don't miss TIGER SHARK KING, Friday, August 14 at 10P ET on Discovery.

What Caused the Death of Great White Found With Sea Turtle Stuck In Mouth?

Shark scientist Dr. Neil Hammerschlag debunks news of Great White dying from choking on a sea turtle.

The Jaws Boat is Being Rebuilt, But This Time to Save Sharks

‘The ORCA’ may just be the most famous boat in the film industry. Immortalized by the thriller Jaws in 1975, the vessel relentlessly pursued the 25-foot, three ton-big shark. However a new reincarnation of the old classic boat will take on a new goal: to save sharks, not hunt them.
Related To: