Sharks: Misunderstood Beauties of the Deep - Cassie JENSEN
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Sharks have been in the ocean for over 400 million years, evolving to be the perfect apex predator. They help balance the ecosystem and are essential for the oceans to sustain life. Before our dive, when Ryan told me they have had a lot of silky sharks, my first remark was, "did they have a lot of bling?" Summertime marks a different season of sharks including silkies, duskies, sandbars, and more bull sharks. For some reason, we always see silky sharks with huge hooks, gaping wounds or other signs of being caught by fishermen. This beautiful male has an obvious broken jaw, that we can only guess is caused by the human hand. I spent most of this dive trying to get a good photo of him to show how beautfiul he shines, and also to show the tragedy caused by a human hand. While I am happy to see this shark's life was spared, I know more and more will show up with long lines and fishing hooks. And countless more will be killed as well. I know I have said this countless times, but the rate that sharks are being slaughtered is unsustainable and will result in their entire species becoming extinct. The will oceans will enevitably die. And we know what happens after that.

Sharks have been in the ocean for over 400 million years, evolving to be the perfect apex predator. They help balance the ecosystem and are essential for the oceans to sustain life. Before our dive, when Ryan told me they have had a lot of silky sharks, my first remark was, "did they have a lot of bling?" Summertime marks a different season of sharks including silkies, duskies, sandbars, and more bull sharks. For some reason, we always see silky sharks with huge hooks, gaping wounds or other signs of being caught by fishermen. This beautiful male has an obvious broken jaw, that we can only guess is caused by the human hand. I spent most of this dive trying to get a good photo of him to show how beautfiul he shines, and also to show the tragedy caused by a human hand. While I am happy to see this shark's life was spared, I know more and more will show up with long lines and fishing hooks. And countless more will be killed as well. I know I have said this countless times, but the rate that sharks are being slaughtered is unsustainable and will result in their entire species becoming extinct. The will oceans will enevitably die. And we know what happens after that.