6 THINGS NOT TO DO IF YOU LOVE SHARKS
in which a player tests the strength of a structure by removing it piece by piece. Take one wrong piece, and the entire structure collapses.
The structure of the ocean is like Jenga: It can survive with a few pieces missing, but take one wrong piece and an entire ecosystem collapses. It’s no secret that sharks have such an important role within the ocean’s structure that they can be identified as a “wrong piece” to pull. Just like the game, for some reason you still want to test the “wrong piece”. Even when you’re warned of the consequences, just like scientists warn of the potential disasters, you pull it because you think the structure can take one more hit – an ocean without sharks. You pull that piece, and the structure collapses. Because of the thousands of waterways that cut through the majority of the Earth’s land mass, many things that are discarded, even far inland, have a tendency to make their way to the oceans. Floating on the surface, trapping fish or suffocating pelagic species, your waste may well be deadly to marine life. Plus, you don’t want any of your rubbish entering the ocean to add another metre of terra firma to the infamous Garbage Continents in both the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean While plastic bags, and the small, thin transparent ones you get given at supermarkets are the worst culprits, all plastic products are problematic for the oceans and sharks. Entering the oceans’ food chain, plastic suffocates marine life when consumed, and poisons them with its toxins Never use any products (including makeup, lotions and deodorants) that contain squalene – shark liver oil. In fact, only buy cruelty free Eating at restaurants or purchasing from stores that sell shark gives businesses an economic incentive to continue fishing for sharks. Take a stand: Research into a store’s products before buying from there