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About Sharks

Sharks have prowled Earth's seas, essentially unchanged, for 400 million years. Their size, power, and great, toothy jaws fill us with fear and fascination. And though sharks kill only a few people each year, media coverage and movie portrayals of attacks have marked sharks as voracious killing machines. Our fears—and appetites—fuel an industry that hunts more than 100 million sharks each year and threatens to purge these vital predators from the oceans.

Shark Features

  • Photo: A blue-and-green sea anemone

    All About the Ocean

    Explore and discover the world's oceans like never before with facts, photos, news, video, and more!

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    Shark Men

    Science and sport fishing join forces for a never-before-attempted research effort to study massive great white sharks in the wild.

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    An Eden for Sharks

    Now under threat in the increasingly humanized seas, sharks still find refuge and freedom in the Bahamas. Join photographer Brian Skerry in what he describes as "a Garden of Eden for sharks."

Shark News

  • Photo: Grey reef shark

    Each Shark Worth $2 Million?

    Sharks are worth far more alive than dead, according to a new study on their contribution to the economy of Palau.

  • A picture of a six-gill shark attacking bait off Australia's Coral Sea, part of a series of new deep-sea species pictures captured by deep video cameras

    Photos: Strange Deep-Sea Beasts

    See a "prehistoric" shark, a hairy anglerfish, jellyfish glowing like Avatar extras, and more oddities of the Deep Australia Project.

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