Sharks

About

Sharks are a group of fish characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton with five to seven gills slits on the sides of the head and pectoral fins. Their size ranges from small, only 17 centimeters in length to 12 meters in length. They are usually found in all seas in depths of 2,000 meters (6,600 ft). They generally do not live in freshwater although there are a few known exceptions, such as the bull shark and the river shark who can survive in both salt and fresh water.

Sharks that are apex predators are the great white shark, tiger shark, blue shark, mako shark and hammerhead shark.

Shark Conservation

Sharks have been in existence since before the time of dinosaurs, but their long reign at the top of the ocean food chain may be ending. Over the past 60 years, industrial fishing has drastically depleted the shark population. Scientists for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have assessed the shark and ray species and found almost 50 percent are threatened or near-threatened with extinction.

Every year approximately 100 million sharks are killed in commercial fisheries. The catching of sharks for their fins, meat, liver oil, cartilage, and other parts remains largely unregulated in most of the world, driving some populations toward extinction.

SHARK Energy USA is committed to the conservation of the shark population. For every dollar spent on the purchase of SHARK Stimulation, Energy Beverages, Inc. will donate a portion of the proceeds to shark conservation.

For more information on shark conservation, please visit the sites below:

www.marinecsi.org/white-shark/

www.pewtrust.org

www.projectaware.org

www.bite-back.com

www.discovery.com/tv-shows/shark-week/