The word, shark, conjures up an image of a large scary finned animal with a long snout and gnashing teeth. But sharks are so much more. Basking sharks, for example, eat only plankton. Thresher sharks use their tails to kill prey. Hammerhead sharks swim in schools during the day and hunt alone at night. The first step in protecting this amazing group of animals is learning more about them.
From the brochure:
SHARKS are found worldwide and include nearly four hundred species. All have an excellent sense of taste and can detect tiny amounts of chemicals in water– as little as one drop of blood; they can also can pick up electrical signals as tiny as those created by the muscles of their prey. Dozens of species of shark are being driven to extinction because of “finning,” the harvesting of just their fins for soup, including Great Hammerhead Sharks, Sphyrna mokarran (ENDANGERED), Thresher Sharks, Alopias species (VULNERABLE), and Whale Sharks, Rhincodon typus (VULNERABLE).
Shark graphic (banner) by Christina Ward