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SOS...Save the Sharks !


Shark – experience

When I had been diving for the first time at “Fish Head” on the Maldives in 1989 we saw about 30 grey reef sharks and the place was swarming with fish. It was an impressive experience to dive with so many peaceful sharks.
This picture of a grey reef shark has been taken as well at “Fish Head” in 1991, by that time there were only about 10 grey reef sharks to be seen. In spring 2003 we didn’t see any sharks at all anymore and all the other fish had gone too!


What had happened to them?

There are many places in the world where sharks get caught. After their fins get cut and while they are still alive they are thrown back to the sea where they sink helpless to the ground (finning). There they are dying slowly and in great pain!
Approximately 200 millions of sharks get caught and killed around the whole world yearly!.
Because the birthrate of sharks is very small the population will not be able to recover anymore. If this killing goes on soon these beautiful and fascinating animals will not exist anymore and the ecosystem of our oceans will break down.
There is an important reason for sharks in the nature; they are the “health police” of the oceans and they hunt mainly sick and weak fish. If this “health police” gets eliminated the entire ecosystem of the ocean will go to pieces with unforeseeable consequences also for us human-beings.








The new image of sharks

Sharks are not those aggressive and bloodthirsty monsters as shown in many movies. There are some documentary films which show sharks crashing into cages containing divers or getting into a feeding frenzy because they were attracted by bait. Admittedly those fast pictures together with thrilling music have a great effect on the viewers but they don’t give the real image of the sharks’ nature.
In reality sharks are very shy animals. The human-being is not the typical prey for a shark. Sharks are very careful against the unknown and use their sensitive senses for that. They feel very quickly that a human-being is of no interest to them and they disappear. Newest discoveries show that not even the blood of human-beings attracts sharks!
During all my encounters with sharks I never felt myself threatened. On the contrary! It’s even more likely that when I want to take a good picture the sharks don’t let me come close enough because of their shyness. When I make only the smallest careless movement they take off.
Sharks are definitely no pets but also no bloodthirsty monsters. They are amazingly shy and are fascinating hunters of the oceans. They are not a real danger for human-beings if one considers certain rules.
For the sake of the sharks we have to change our mind immediately. There is no time left! Many shark species are shortly before extermination because of us.


Sharkproject has kindly let me use those pictures of killed sharks.
More information to this subject you will find at: www.sharkproject.com

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