03 Aug '11, 12am

This Shark Week - Save a Shark

This Shark Week - Save a Shark

You’ve seen the teeth and fins -- Shark Week again over at the Discovery Channel and while comedian Andy Samberg of SNL fame has been getting viewers hyped , in California this year the excitement is accompanied by the global tidal wave of attention around the need to protect these fascinating – and critically important – creatures. The truth is humans are a far greater threat to sharks than they are to us, so NRDC and other ocean advocates are shining a spotlight to raise awareness about one particular practice that is causing shark populations worldwide to plummet: shark finning. Sharks are one of our oceans' top predators, keeping the entire ecosystem balanced and in check. They are an essential component of the food web – simply put they are vital to the health of our oceans. Studies show that a reduction in one species affects others, and sometimes these effects are n...

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