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The Scariest Ocean is One Without Sharks

Although pop culture often portrays sharks as mindless monsters, ocean ecosystems cannot flourish without these apex predators. The ocean provides us with food, recreation, and more than half the oxygen we breathe, so a healthy ocean keeps us healthy, too. It’s in our best interest to keep sharks around, but several species are on the brink of extinction due to overfishing. Creating marine reserves—fully protected areas where wildlife can thrive—can help shark populations rebound. Today, about 3 percent of the ocean is protected, but most scientists agree that at least 30 percent must be preserved to ensure a healthy planet and a healthy future.

Photograph by Brian Skerry

The National Geographic Society is playing an important part in protecting ocean ecosystems and the species that live in them. We fund the work of hundreds of innovative scientists who are creating shark sanctuaries, helping control invasive lionfish, photographing life in the Arctic Ocean, and more. We also fund the Pristine Seas project, which aims to help protect the last wild places in the ocean. To date, Pristine Seas has carried out expeditions in more than 20 places, 13 of which have since been protected, covering a total area more than six times the size of Texas. Sharks are an essential part of truly pristine seas, and with your help, we can make sure they and the other marine species that depend on them survive and thrive.

Help this important work continue by donating to National Geographic today to support the work of bold people doing innovative work to help save sharks, the ocean, and our changing planet - by searching for solutions for a more sustainable future for us all.

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Pristine Seas

Exploring and protecting the last wild places in the ocean.


Donate to National Geographic to fund bold people doing innovative work to help save sharks, the ocean, and our changing planet - by searching for solutions for a more sustainable future for us all.



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