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- Did you know that sharks actually help protect fragile reef systems?Recent studies have highlighted the critical role that sharks play in regulating food chain diversity through top-down predation in coral reef ecosystems! What this means is that sharks keep medium sized predators in check, which protects smaller fish that graze on algae, which, by extension, protects coral because algae can kill coral through suffocating the fragile polyps! It's amazing how these ancient coral systems are so tied together to the wonderful creatures that thrive within them, but with this knowledge comes a reality. We must protect sharks if we want to have a healthy ocean, because a healthy earth needs a healthy ocean! Sadly, it’s estimated that 100 million sharks are killed by humans every year. to put it into perspective, that’s almost 200 sharks per minute. Some fisheries intentionally target sharks, while other commercial fisheries kill millions of sharks as unwanted #bycatch . The cruel and wasteful practice of shark finning alone kills up to 73 million sharks every year, only to use less than five percent of the sharks’ bodies. On top of that, government-sponsored shark culls indiscriminately slay sharks and other wildlife in a misguided attempt to protect beachgoers. Healthy shark populations may aid the recovery of our already fragile #coral reefs whose futures are threatened across the globe. You can protect sharks by supporting organizations like @nakaweproject @sharkeducation @sharkangels and @ocearch who are dedicated to researching sharks so we may better protect them, as well as educating our communities on the true nature of sharks! Keep protecting what you love friends! 💙
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- art trade with @zakili17 from quite awhile ago //w/// ) i had lots of fun painting the flowers on this!!!