There’s something glamorous about the idea of a dark-eyed monster rising from the deep to rip us to shreds, but the reality is: a shark’s diet has never included humans. The simple fact that a human being is scared to even come close to the water’s edge for fear of being eaten by sharks brings to light a deep-rooted terror that has been instilled in man from centuries of myths, folklore, and accidental attacks. So little is known about these species simply because no one is willing to get to know them. Sharks are a vital part of our earth. They play a pivotal role in the ocean and contribute immensely to the way we live our lives. Every second we spend despising instead of helping them, we not only condemn the world’s ecosystems to irreparable damage, we sentence ourselves and our future generations to depleted resources and an overall lesser quality of life.
Olivia McMillan: I am a biology undergraduate student at the University of Victoria with hopes to pursue a career in marine ecology and environmental conservation. Ever since I can remember, sharks have been my passion. As a young child I explored countless books on this mysterious fish in amazement, wondering how such a powerful and graceful creature could be so blatantly misunderstood. Having grown up on Vancouver Island, I have been raised with a love of the ocean that has become a devotion to its preservation. I have plans to positively change the way the public currently views sharks and help to revive this beautiful creature’s diminishing populations. The judgements that have been passed based purely on cases of mistaken identity and what has been seen in the movies have reached their breaking point. I believe the best way to create a better situation is through education of the consequences of our current actions and suggestions as to what can be done to prevent such costly mista
kes in the years to come.