Sharks have gotten a bad reputation, thanks to movies like “Jaws” and the fact that sometimes humans do stupid things that makes us look like sea turtles, leading sharks to think we are food and “attacking” us. It is best to leave sharks-and any wild animal for that matter-alone, but people don’t seem to heed this. This is not to mention the other stupid things humans do in the ocean, like polluting it and cutting off sharks’ fins for soup.
The ocean was the only thing about Florida that was even remotely beautiful. Too bad that every time I went to the beach I had no choice but to leave my shoes on because people want to litter. I was not lucky enough to see a shark up close, although I was in the water often and am sure they were nearby. They minded their business, and I minded mine.
Sharks are like any other member of the animal kingdom. They are deserving of rights and respect. In their case, we need to protect their environment, stop believing the myths, and stop slaughtering them to make soup. The best thing we can do in general is remember that we need sharks. Losing them would completely change the ocean ecosystem, and not in a good way. They may not be “cute” (although my daughter would say different) but they need protection.