12/28/2007 - Sharks have had a bad press ever since Jaws, if not before.
The great white shark which cleared the beaches of Amity Island, Massachusetts, one long hot summer thirty-eight years ago, has taken on any almost Freudian significance, like Moby Dick, the great white whale.
The sight of a fin in the water, any fin, has people stampeding for the safety of the shore.
From a conservationist point of view, it's hard to underestimate the damage done by just one no-doubt well intentioned film director (Steven Spielberg) based on the work of just one no-doubt well-intentioned novelist (Peter Benchley).
Read the full article International Protection for World's Sharks on The Telegraph's Web site.