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Are Sharks a Prey or a Predator

Updated on September 5, 2014

Certainly the ocean’s most vaunted and feisty predators, sharks have a vital role to play in the ecological balance

Nature always works in a wonderful way. The wildlife, plants, the microscopic organisms and humans lives in harmony as each has its own niche in the planet performing their own tasks and duties to keep the cycle of life rolling and moving, removing one of them however will spill problems. Wiping the sharks off in our oceans will lead to a worldwide catastrophe, as the equilibrium in the ocean’s food chain will collapse like house of cards creating problems that will inevitably affect humans. If sharks will disappear expect the population of many fish’s species to increase rapidly then eventually all died out because they will be competing for the same food source as they may consume available phytoplankton and zooplanktons.

One of the other important role played by sharks is being known to be the sea’s premier scavenger and cleaner. Sharks are also known to prey on sick and dead fishes in the open ocean and seas. Thus sharks help prevents transmission of illnesses among marine life.

Sharks perhaps are one of the most abused animal specie in the planet. People tagged them as human killers and eaters too, a bad reputation that was built around the showing of movies that displays their horrible form voracious and ferocious. Worse, the movies like Jaws, no thanks to modifications, exaggerations and special effects made these creatures earn the tag menace, notorious and nuisance.

Yes, it is true that larger species of shark do attack humans and even small boats like the white shark (man-eating sharks). Moreover the shark attacks are not intentional. Sharks are sensitive to any movements they may mistake of some humans swimming in beaches as struggling fish or sea turtles. About 90% of all the shark species pose no threat to humans because they are not big enough to subdue humans, they live in the deepest part of the ocean or they have teeth that are not capable for attacking.

There are indeed hundreds to few thousands cases of shark attacks all across the planet, but humans also inflicts such attacks to sharks too, perhaps more brutal that one can imagine. Sharks are prized for their fins and tails, and are hunted heavily in all corners of the oceans and seas around the globe. The sharks chopped of its fins and tails are thrown back to the waters being eaten by smaller fishes, a gloomy and awkward scenario, as a prey eating its predators because of humans craving for delicacies. The stripped body parts of the hapless sharks become connoisseur’s delectable and mouthwatering shark’s fin soup whose main patrons are from East Asia.

The cases of shark attacks all across the globe will reach few thousands while cases of man stalking sharks for their fins and tails will reach more than hundred thousands. This sad scenario makes the dreaded shark a helpless prey shedding their reputation as the top hunter in the food chain, conceding the throne to... humans.

Somehow sharks are protected in some parts of the world. Famous Shark Parks across the world includes Australia’s Great Barrier Reef the world’s largest and one of the world’s best managed shark park, the Galapagos Islands, CocosIsland located in the Pacific Ocean and South Africa. These preservation parks help sharks to increase their dwindling population. All of these parks are now recognized as a UNESCO Heritage Sites.

my sixteenth hub in the hubchallenge

What future awaits these poor species of sharks...

A school of hammerheads patrolling the  wide blue ocean. Their future is uncertain and hangs in the balance but if a worldwide campaign against the slaughter of these animals is considered and launched, the sharks' existence will be safeguarded.
A school of hammerheads patrolling the wide blue ocean. Their future is uncertain and hangs in the balance but if a worldwide campaign against the slaughter of these animals is considered and launched, the sharks' existence will be safeguarded.
Here, shark's fin is swimming in a connoisseur's menu ready to be served.
Here, shark's fin is swimming in a connoisseur's menu ready to be served.

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    • maddartist profile image

      maddartist 

      7 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Great hub, but unfortunately humans kill more like 100,000,000 sharks per year. Nonetheless it needs to stop. Thanks for helping make people aware of this issue. Im doing what i can to help, check out my hub here http://hubpages.com/hub/Art-For-Sharks

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Thank you shamel for keep on reading my stuffs enjoyed hearing from you too eh... Thanks for visiting and commenting.

    • shamelabboush profile image

      shamelabboush 

      8 years ago

      You are absolutely right GH! Nature works wonders on it's own, but once we disturb this natural selection and start killing the environment around us, this all will boomerang eventually! This shark fin soup, though might be delicious, but looks disgusting to me for we have killed a mighty big shark for a small piece of its body. This is sad really... Enjoyed reading this GH. Great one.

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Thanks for the nice comment... thank you for dropping by.

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      sbeakr 

      8 years ago

      Sharks are fascinating, frightening, beautiful, respectable and awe-inspiring...I am relatively terrified of them but hold these mammoth fish in the greatest esteem. I have heard of prevalent de-finning and throwing back; such a brutal practice is disgusting and unthinkable, no matter how scary sharks can be.

      Very nice sixteenth hub!

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