Welcome to Sharkprotect

This Website will show you completely new ways to look at sharks and to see them as they really are.

You might be surprised to read that sharks are intelligent, inquisitive and sometimes even playful animals. They have a memory of approximately one year, after which they still recognize humans and other creatures. Sharks play a very important role in the ocean, because they maintain the biological balance in the most important and complex ecosystem on this planet. As apex predators they are at the top of the food chain. If we kill them all, the whole system will break down. That, of course, would be a devastating situation for human life on earth, because the oceans are our life support system. Without healthy oceans, we don’t have a chance to survive and if the sharks die the oceans will die, too.

Sadly, we humans don’t treat sharks and the oceans accordingly. In the past 50 years we have already killed 90% of the big fish. Many of the almost 500 shark species are down to 10% or less of their normal populations. People kill approximately 70 to 100 Million sharks every year. Most of them are killed for shark fin soup in China, where this dish is supposed to be a traditional meal at weddings and other festive occasions. It is actually more a sign of affluence for wealthy Chinese. At $50 or more per bowl, the average Chinese cannot even afford it. Knowing how important sharks are, shouldn’t they be worth more than a soup?

My fascination with sharks began in November 2003, when my daughter Philipa and I went on a trip with Sharkdiver.com to Isla Guadalupe in the Mexican Pacific. We were going to watch great white sharks from a cage. It was an unbelievable trip as we saw those mighty and majestic animals swimming right in front of us at very close range. Together with the Mexican scientist Dr. Felipe Galvan Magana we took DNA samples of some of them. It was very exciting. After I came home I bought every book on sharks that I could find. I totally fell in love with them. I even put a glossary together with specific shark terminology, which can soon be found on this website.

Sharks are among the oldest of all animals on this planet. Imagine, they existed already 180 million years before the first dinosaurs appeared. In my opinion they are among the most graceful of all animals. Sharks are not nearly as dangerous as many in the media claim. Even Peter Benchley who wrote the book “Jaws” said at the end of his life: “If I had known then what I know now, I could never have written that book. The monster I created is pure fiction.” We should always keep in mind, that “Jaws” was nothing but a machine made in Hollywood. A real shark will never behave like that. After 430 million years of evolution, sharks are more highly developed than most animals. They have the proverbial sixth sense; which allows them to feel at a distance. However, they cannot compete with todays technology of modern fisheries. Therefore they are in great danger of being exterminated. They cannot reproduce as fast as they are being killed.

If you want to know more about the important role sharks play in the ocean, take a look at “JAWS of LIFE”. Some call them “JAWS of DEATH” but once you have read all about them you will understand why I call them “JAWS of LIFE”. Take a look at “SHARK ALARM” and you will see the sad story of how millions of sharks are being slaughtered worldwide in the most cruel and brutal way you can imagine. You’ll see how they get their fins cut off while still alive and how the body is tossed back into the sea, where they die a slow and horrible death. This is done by big fisheries, hugh companies and even by countries. All of this for money and a soup. If we lose the sharks we’ll soon lose the oceans. After a look at :HEALTH”, and after reading about the poison in shark meat and that of other large fish like tuna, you’ll never eat shark meat, like Schillerlocken, or tuna again. If you like to swim in the ocean, read “COMMON SENSE” where you will find a few ideas on how to behave if you should meet a shark.

I get asked quite often if I believe that I can stop the killing of sharks. I really don’t think that I can do it alone, but as Margret Meads pointed out: “Change has never come through governments, rather by the actions of a few with the people behind them”. I hope that it will happen in this case as well. We have made some progress already in the past 10 years and our work will continue.

If you like this website, please tell as many people about it as you can. I want to educate the public about sharks and their importance in the ocean. Sharks are needed to keep the oceans healthy. Always keep in mind that the oceans are our life support system. They control our climate, give us 50% of our oxygen and clean water through rain and snow. All this is necessary for the human race to stay alive. That makes the sharks even more important for the well being of us all.

(Photo © Jupp Kerckerinck)