Sharks get a bad rap. Touted as the vicious kings of the sea, it has long been OK to kill these amazing creatures for sport and for food. But this all may be turning around due to some recent studies showing that sharks are better for us humans financially if they are alive over dead. How so? Well, let’s look at two recent studies. The first study that we will be looking at was published in Oryx – The International Journal of Conservation. The research was released in July, 2013, and provided concrete evidence that killing sharks for food (something…

Potentially lethal to humans, the Galapagos shark (Carcharhinus galapagensis) is a shark that demands respect. Considered to be near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Galapagos shark is a species that is powerful, but fragile. This incredible example of aquatic dominance is something special for divers that love the beauty of the shark. Luckily this impressive animal is seen globally, though the Galapagos Islands are one of the favorite places for divers to witness their omni-presence. Other incredible places to witness these kings of the sea include Bermuda, the Virgin Islands, and Cape Verde. Additionally they are…

Great White Sharks are stealthy hunters and the secret is in their skin. Shark skin is covered by tiny flat V-shaped scales, called dermal denticles, that are more like teeth than fish scales. These denticles decrease drag and turbulence, allowing the shark to swim faster and more quietly. Olympian swimsuit designers have taken a page from the shark’s playbook and created a fabric that mimics the exact proportion of the shark’s denticles, hugely improving a swimmer’s speed.