Shark Bycatch

Nov 15 2011

This hammerhead shark was caught in a gill net in Mexico’s Gulf of California.  Hammerheads do not seek out human prey but will attack if provoked. 

This rare 23 feet long whale shark was caught in a fishing net off the coast of Maylasia in 2009.  It was towed to shore but died shortly after from serious injuries. 

An estimated 50 million sharks are caught every year as bycatch - the unintended catch of a species in a fishing operation.  Sharks are easily caught in nets because of their large size. Shark populations are dwindling due to bycatch because sharks are slow growing animals and do not reproduce as fast as other fish species. 

Thanks National Geographic for the pictures!

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