Dear media, please don't misrepresent sharks or elicit irrational fear when reporting.

Dear media, please don't misrepresent sharks or elicit irrational fear when reporting.

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Sharks are killed in their millions every year, as by-catch, in targeted fisheries and the biggest culprit, the shark fin soup trade.  While it is sadly true a small number of people each year have negative interactions with sharks and tragically some lives are lost, many 1000's have positive interactions with sharks. 

It is an honour and a privilege to see these perfectly adapted apex predators in their natural environment.  To see a sharks beauty and grace up close with your own eyes is unforgettable and for some life changing.

Too often the media portrays sharks in a negative light with emotive language and attention grabbing headlines that misrepresent the shark and the situation.  The balance is all wrong, with 1000's having positive shark experiences the bias should be towards positive stories, but it is not.  Even the positive ones misrepresent.  The headline says terrifying, yet in the clip the words amazing and beautiful are used. 

https://www.gentside.co.uk/animal/he-was-fishing-when-he-saw-something-terrifying-just-beneath-his-boat_art1178.html

The sharks covers it's eye to protect it while in contact with the cage it has arguably  been lured too close to by a baited rope.  Yet the story says the shark is ready to kill the tourists.  A gross misrepresentation of the situation.  

https://www-mirror-co-uk.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/great-white-sharks-eye-roll-13627049.amp?usqp=mq331AQNKAGYAf-eg5vNrLSdVg%3D%3D&amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1#referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mirror.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fworld-news%2Fgreat-white-sharks-eye-roll-13627049

These and other stories that rely on sensationalism and inaccurately portray sharks is hugely irresponsible.   Many species of shark are under threat of extinction, so we humans need to do all we can to protect them not further demonise them.  Sharks are vital to healthy oceans and healthy oceans are vital to us. 

All us shark advocates ask is that you please represent sharks fairly and accurately.  Do not unjustly  push fear upon people;  many of whom will never encounter a shark.  But those same people if motivated can stand up for the sharks that like all of us they indirectly rely upon.  Thank you. 

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