Save the Sharks

Episode 32

Stat: At least 63 million sharks are taken from the ocean every year.

Story: And that’s the low estimate; it could be as high as 273 million. That worldwide catch—often for shark fins and increasingly for their meat—is threatening some species with extinction. In this episode, host Dan LeDuc talks with two unlikely advocates for protecting sharks: South African Paralympian Achmat Hassiem and Pew’s Debbie Salamone. Both have been bitten by sharks, but have turned their experiences into something positive: becoming shark attack survivors supporting shark conservation.

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How many shark species are there?

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There’s more than 500 known shark species. TWEET

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There are 17 shark sanctuaries around the world TWEET

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Debbie Salamone visits the Cape Canaveral National Seashore beach where she was attacked by a shark. Salamone has become an advocate for ocean conservancy, including sharks.
Edward Linsmier The Pew Charitable Trusts