Sharks' life history makes them vulnerable to exploitation – for example, Basking Sharks take 15-20 years to mature, have a 2-3 year gestation period and produce only 4–6 pups.
Credible shark research is significantly underfunded, though it could unlock the keys to many of life’s challenges. We are learning new things about sharks on a daily basis.
Sharks have been honed to perfection, having existed on this planet for over 400 million years - and surviving 5 major extinctions. They have existed 100 times longer than man.
Sharks are worth far more alive than dead. Studies have proven a single Ragged Tooth shark can earn tens of thousands in tourism dollars over its lifetime – versus the approximate $90 USD a fisherman is paid for a dead shark.
Sharks are increasingly important to eco-tourism and can bring in millions of dollars over their lifetime in diving tourism. In fact, the cage diving industry in South Africa alone earns over $500,000 USD per year in revenue.