Endangered Animals: Are We Emptying the Oceans of Marine Animals?

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Image of a seal with an embedded collar of plastic garbage

National Geographic Home in the Ocean The ocean is a complex ecosystem within itself and in relationship to the ecosystems on land. If the balance is lost by depleting species especially at the top of the food chain, the entire system is affected and as a result, other species may be lost as well. The ocean is affected by the same threats as land; overfishing, trophy/illegal wildlife trade, climate change and pollution. The health of the ocean is absolutely vital to the health of this planet and the survival of our species. Learn about the species at risk and the challenges they face, so that you can share with others why we need to protect the oceans.

Infographic about the the importance of saving sharks

Infographic about the the importance of saving sharks

Infographic about the the importance of saving sharks

Infographic about the the importance of saving sharks

Infographic about the the importance of saving sharks

Infographic about the the importance of saving sharks

Infographic about the the importance of saving sharks

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Infographic about saving the endangered shark

You are more likely to be killed by a falling coconut than by a shark bite

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Infographic about the the importance of saving sharks

Almost a third of all shark species are threatened or near threatened with extinction

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Infographic about the the importance of saving sharks

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Infographic about the the importance of saving sharks

Shark ecotourism offers a valuable alternative to killing sharks for their fins for soup

Up to 73 Million sharks are killed annually

Are you afraid of sharks?

Sharks are a top predator and some species of sharks will attack humans but the number of people killed worldwide due to a shark attack is much less than you think. Less than 6 people worldwide are killed per year by shark attacks and 1 or none in the US. You have a better chance of being killed by lightening or a falling coconut or get this, a cow, than you have of being killed by a shark. Obviously, you need to be familiar with the area that you are swimming or diving in to make sure that aggressive sharks have not been sighted or are common to the area.

Whale sharks

Infographic What Is Shark Finning

Sharks suffer and die so foodies can eat Shark Fin Soup

An estimated 100 million sharks are killed every year! Sharks are a top predator and help keep the balance so that there isn’t any middle predator that decimates a population down the food chain. For a simplified example, sharks eat seals and seals eat fish but without sharks, the seals would reproduce too much and eat all of the fish then they would starve because the fish population couldn’t recover.

Lisa Ling investigates the cruel practice of shark finning

Infographic about Dusky Sharks

Get Dusky Sharks Off the Hook

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Infographic Get Dusky Sharks Off The Hook

Sharks help maintain an important balance in the ocean ecosystem

Other Endangered Marine Animals

Many other marine animals are endangered besides whales and sharks. We will take a look at just a few here. Hopefully, this will inspire you to learn more about the sea life that needs our help and the issues that challenge the very existence of life in the ocean.

Infographic about the Vaquita; the smallest cetacean in the world and the most endangered marine mammal

The Vaquita; the smallest cetacean in the world and the most endangered marine mammal

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Infographic about the Vaquita

Dolphins are also Cetaceans

Infographic about the Maui Dolphin

The Maui Dolphin is critically endangered

Infographic about The Endangered Manta Ray

Manta Rays are also hunted for just a single body part, their gill rakers, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine

Infographic about the Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtle

About the Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtle

Infographic about the Endangered Green Sea Turtle

About the Endangered Green Sea Turtle

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Infographic about Leatherback Sea Turtle Interesting Facts

This endangered Sea Turtle is as long as a man is tall

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Infographic about The Endangered Green Sea Turtle

The Green Sea Turtle is named for the color of their body fat.

How Can You Help?

In the final post in this series, we will provide you with a list of organizations that are committed to saving endangered animals or improving the habitats in which they live. Many of those organizations focus on marine life and can help you learn more and find a way to help protect our oceans and ocean animals.

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