Sharks have been around for over 150 million years. While most of us are familiar with a few shark species, there are over 400 species of sharks. Their presence is critical to the health of fragile marine ecosystems.
Despite their reputation as ruthless killers, sharks are much more likely to fall victims to humans than the other way around. Illegal fishing as well as markets across the globe for shark fins – used to make soup – are a significant part of the demand that is fueling the killing.