Discovery Channel’s Shark Week officially began July 24 and has been a summer tradition for 34 years. Shark week began as a conservation effort to correct false impressions about sharks. Peter Benchley, the author of the best-selling fish story Jaws, never recovered from the damage caused by misconceptions in his fictional story of a great white menace that stalked beach-goers in a summer beach town. He dedicated the rest of his life to educating and protecting the dinosaur from the deep from human destruction.
Humans kill an estimated 100-million sharks a year by finning to prepare a dish called Shark Fin Soup, which serves as a dish of status in China. This barbaric practice has a serious effect on our ecosystem. The shark is caught, the fin removed, and thrown back to the ocean to die a slow death. Not a good way to go for descents of sharks that swam alongside the dinosaurs in prehistoric times. Let’s all do our part to educate everyone about the value of sharks to our environment and how they affect our food chain. Here are some helpful resources to learn more about this misunderstood sea creature.
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by Peter Benchley
Master storyteller Peter Benchley combines high adventure with practical information in Shark Trouble, a book that is at once a thriller and a valuable guide to being safe in, on, under, and around the sea. The bestselling author of Jaws, The Deep, and other works draws on more than three decades of experience to share information about sharks and other marine animals.
“Shark attacks on human beings generate a tremendous amount of media coverage,” Benchley writes, “partly because they occur so rarely, but mostly, I think, because people are, and always have been, simultaneously intrigued and terrified by sharks. Sharks come from a wing of the dark castle where our nightmares live—deep water beyond our sight and understanding—and so they stimulate our fears and fantasies and imaginations.
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