Every year, TV’s “Shark Week” highlights the mystery and magnificence of these creatures — but one week is not enough time to devote the attention that sharks deserve.
People need sharks
Conservation International works in seascapes around the world to protect the habitats that sharks depend on — because ultimately, we depend on sharks.
In the spirit of Shark Week 2016, we asked our online community to name whale sharks #144883 and #144884. After receiving nearly 800 submissions, we tallied the votes and found two clear winners that will now be used by the CI scientists studying these majestic creatures.
Conservation International scientists in Indonesia performed a first: They attached satellite transmitters to the dorsal fins of whale sharks. Now you can watch the satellite-tracked movements of the world's largest fish.
Sharks swim in every ocean — and they affect people everywhere in some way. Sharks support the oceanic food web that supports us, the carbon cycle that stabilizes our climate, even our economies. Now, many shark species are threatened around the globe, caught unintentionally as by-catch or relentlessly slaughtered for their fins. Losing sharks would be bad for the oceans, and bad for us.