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What is the Value of a Shark?

August 08, 2012
Index in Action

It all began with “Jaws” the book, followed by “Jaws” the movie.  Popular media joined in the feeding frenzy, mining accounts of shark attacks on humans to attract audiences.  Sharks became a fascinating bogeyman--invincible forces to be feared.  

A few decades later, we know that the chance of getting killed by a shark is far less than dying from a bee sting or a lightning strike.  What’s more, we’re learning that sharks help us and the ocean in ways that we never knew.  Our new view of sharks is driving worldwide efforts to conserve them.

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