Sharks In Trouble
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There is a big problem facing sharks worldwide.
There are about 400 species of sharks. FAO figures estimate that sharks are vanishing at about 800,000 tons per year. How long could any creature sustain this onslaught? Many sharks just have their fins removed for Shark Fin Soup; the creature is often just thrown back into the sea alive. We must stop this ignorant madness. Would slow education be the answer or an international media blitz to fix it? If this were happening to your family, you�d probably opt for a media blitz. Intelligent people who know and care don�t eat shark fin soup.
The largest fish, a giant harmless creature
Whale Sharks and Basking Sharks are in big trouble because of the shark fin soup industry for the Chinese restaurants. Some selfish idiots that run these establishments have been buying the huge fins of these giant sharks to advertise their soup houses. So of course then, the fins from these hapless endangered creatures fetch the highest prices. If this outrage continues �business as usual� then within a few years the world can wave good-by to these beautiful sharks; and there are many other species of sharks that are following in their wake. Does anybody care?
|Whale Shark Bibliography|
|The Whale Shark - Ecocean|
|Whale Shark � Florida Museum of Natural History|
|Whale Shark � Sharks.com|
|Whale Shark Photographs|
World distribution map for the whale shark.
The second largest fish, a giant harmless creature.
|Basking Shark Society|
|Basking Shark Web|
|Basking Shark Population Research|
|Basking Shark Project|
|UK Basking Shark Proposal|
|Basking Shark Identification Project|
World distribution map for the basking shark.
Back to topAustralia�s Shark in Trouble
Our (Australian) Grey Nurse Shark in huge trouble.
|Help Site for Grey Nurse|
|Grey nurse shark - Carcharias taurus|
|Grey nurse sharks by Dive-Oz|
|Grey Nurse Shark (Carcharias taurus) or Sand Tiger.|
|Recovery Plan for the Grey Nurse Shark (Carcharias taurus) in Australia|
|Grey Nurse Shark Tagging - CSIRO Site|
|Saving the Grey Nurse|
|Grey Nurse Shark|
|"Hand feeding Grey nurse sharks."|
|Grey nurse shark � (Carcharias taurus)|
|QUEENSLAND GREY NURSE SHARK RECOVERY PROGRAM|
Back to topGeneral Shark Sites
|The Shark Research Institute|
|Reef Quest � Centre for Shark Research|
|Introduction to Sharks|
|Biology of Sharks and Rays|
|CSIRO - Freshwater and estuarine shark and ray fauna of Australia|
|CSIRO � Study hooked on saving sharks, rays and sawfish.|
|Australian Marine Conservation Society|
|Skates and Rays|
Back to topExtinct Shark Sites
|Pre-Historic Sharks- Inhabitants Of Ancient Seas|
|Prehistoric Georgia � Shark�s teeth|
Back to topStrange and Pretty Sharks
Cookie Cutter Shark
A shark with a strange life.
|Cookie Cutter Shark � Australian Museum|
|Cookie Cutter Shark Attack|
|Cookie Cutter Shark � Science News|
A strange looking shark by any standard; and this is not a common shark.
|Goblin Shark � Australian Museum|
|Biology of the Goblin Shark|
|Goblin Shark � Reef Quest|
The Leopard Shark is found off the West Coast of North America.
|Leopard Shark � Shark School|
|Leopard Shark � Florida Museum of Natural History|
|Leopard Shark � Sharks.com|
The Zebra Shark is from the Western Pacific through to North Eastern and Southern Africa.
The Zebra Shark is sometimes called the Leopard Shark.
|Zebra Shark - Sharkive|
|Leopard Shark/Zebra Shark � Australian Museum|
|Zebra Shark � Sharks.com|
This is one of the prettiest of the sharks.
|Dementia�s Blue Shark|
|Blue Shark (Prionace glauca) - Australian Museum|
|Capt. Tom's Guide to New England Sharks|
|Blue Shark some beautiful pics|
|Blue Shark � Florida Museum of Natural History|
Here are some of the seven or so species of the sawfish.
(Pristis zijsron, P pectinata, P perotteti)
Most sawfish are heading towards critically endangered.
Do not confuse these creatures with the Swordfish which have nothing to do with sharks. Swordfish have normal bones like a fish whereas the bones of a shark are cartilaginous (cartilage like).
|Sawfish � Sharks with Swords|
|Sawfish Conservation Research|
|NOAA Fisheries - Smalltooth Sawfish|
|The Ocean Conservancy - Smalltooth Sawfish|
|Sawfish - CSIRO|
|Sawfish � CSIRO saving sharks, rays and sawfish|
|Florida Museum of Natural History|
Back to topPotentially and Sometimes Dangerous Sharks
Great White Shark or White Pointer
|Great White � Predator of the Deep|
|The White Shark � Introduction|
|Cousteau Sub Mimics Great White|
|Great White � Excellent Great White prints from Apex Predators|
|Great White Sharks|
|Review of the Great White Shark|
|White Pointer Shark|
|White Pointer Shark � Ruler of the West Coast|
|Great White Sharks � Sharks.com|
Oceanic Whitetip Shark
The Oceanic whitetip sharks could be much more dangerous to swim amongst than the Great whites however, because of the range of the Oceanic whitetip a person is much less likely to encounter one of these sharks because they truly are an oceanic species.
|Oceanic Whitetip Shark|
|White Tip Shark - The Shark Trust|
|Oceanic Whitetip Shark|
|Oceanic Whitetip � Marine Biodiversity|
This shark does sometimes travel for miles up rivers and is quite at home in fresh-water; and this is a dangerous shark. There is a land locked number of Bull Sharks that live and breed in a lake in Nicaragua and they have never seen the sea.
|Bull Shark � Australian Museum|
|Bull Shark � Boat Talk|
|Bull Shark � Florida Museum of Natural History|
|Bull Shark � Sharks.com|
|Tiger Shark Research|
|Tiger Sharks � Boat Talk|
|Tiger Shark � (Galeocervo cuvier)|
|Tiger Sharks � Sharks.com|
|Bronze Whaler (Carcharinus brachyurus)|
|The Bronze Whaler Shark|
|Bronze Whaler Shark|
|Bronze Whaler � Marine Biology|
(Isurus oxyrinchus or glaucus)
|Shortfin Mako Shark|
|Shortfin Mako Shark � Pelagic Shark Research Foundation|
|Lemon Shark � Florida Museum of Natural History|
|Lemon Shark � Boat Talk|
|Lemon Shark Photos|
There are more than a few species of hammerhead sharks.
|Hammerhead Sharks - Misunderstood Monsters|
|Scalloped Hammerhead Shark|
|Hammerhead Shark � Boat Talk|
|Hammerhead Shark � Shark.com|
|Hammerhead Shark � Info Please|
The shark with the amazing tail.
|Common Thresher Shark|
|Thresher Shark � (Alopias vulpinus)|
|A glimpse of a Thresher Shark|
|Porbeagle � Florida Museum of Natural History|
|Porbeagle Shark � Marine Biology|
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Please help by contacting or visiting your local politician, tell him/her what you think.
Politicians love to receive visits and short letters from you.
|Politician�s Addresses and phone numbers. (For: - Federal and State Governments)|
Ten letters to a politician of no more than 30 to 50 words can be much more valuable than collecting 1000�s of signatures. Your letters count because they are counted, and ten letters are seen as over a 1000 votes.
Politicians are actually busy people so never write long letters and only ever write about one issue per letter. Letters should be polite, short, sweet and to the point.
Ask for a reply and when you get an answer that is nonsense send it straight back and ask them to address the issue and not send you another standard letter that had nothing to do with what you were writing about.
|Remind them that you and your friends want to know who is worth voting for.|