Here’s an interesting perspective on sharks and the dangers surrounding them by my colleague Jim Harper. We met at the Scripps Fellowship on Environmental Journalism in 2006:
Every year some 100 million wild sharks are killed by man. How many men are killed annually by sharks? About ten. The real difference, however, is that the human population and its capacity to harvest the sea is rising, whereas the shark and other fish populations are shrinking. It’s the same sad story in the sea as on land: Man is taking too much and caring too little.
Global studies on sharks estimate that their populations have shriveled in the past century by 90 percent.