I just read an article about several shark species facing extinction. The piece says that hunting for their meat, fins, and other parts before they can reproduce fast enough is their biggest threat, along with unintentionally getting caught in fishing gear and the effects of climate change. The article goes on; “Of the thousand known species of sharks and rays (sharks’ closest living relatives), over a third of them are at risk.”
I know someone who will be upset at this news, and you may be surprised who it is. Have you heard of Nicole Moore? She’s the nurse from Orangeville Ontario who was waist-deep in the water at a Mexican resort when she was attacked – twice – by a bull shark (considered to be the meanest of the bunch). She very nearly died. As it was, she had her left arm amputated and almost lost her leg. And yet today, Nicole is the most positive person I’ve met. She’s also in favour of keeping sharks alive, knowing that they are important to the oceans’ ecosystems. “Besides,” she told me, “the attack wasn’t the shark’s fault. It was just doing what it does. I was the person who shouldn’t have been there.”
That’s a pretty surprising attitude. But then, Nicole’s a pretty astounding person. You can read about her in my book “Shark Assault: An Amazing Story of Survival” (sharkassault.com), where you’ll discover the astonishing tale of her life, and how she’s all for protecting sharks worldwide.