13 Oct '12, 3pm

How Can You Save Sharks? Swim With Them!

How Can You Save Sharks? Swim With Them!

In Semporna, Malaysia, the shark hunt is nearing a dangerous point. Conservationists have a small window of time to develop the proposed Semporna Shark Sanctuary before it’s not only sharks that disappear, but sustainable jobs, solutions to poverty and an ocean biodiversity kept in check by the captain of the underwater food chain. The 63 species of shark and 68 species of ray drifting through Semporna’s waters are not exactly damsels in distress. Sharks can pay their own conservation fees — or at least they could if they weren’t being hunted to the brink of extinction by the shark fin soup industry . Sharks generated 192 million dollars last year thanks to an increasingly popular dive tourism, or, swimming with sharks. In fact, the estimated value of one shark throughout its lifetime is 815,000 US dollars. Contrast this number with the value of a dead shark that will be s...

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