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Interested in shark tours? Did you know sharks are the ocean’s top predator; the health of the ocean depends on healthy populations. There are more than 1,100 species of sharks and rays around the world. From South Africa to Mexico, responsible shark tours operations are taking a stand to help stop the destruction of the species.

Prefer to watch and learn? Here is a terrific 5min Discovery Channel video on the many species of sharks.

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Did You Know?

  • Sharks, skates, and rays are collectively termed Elasmobranchs, which are a subclass of Chondrichthyes, or the cartilaginous fishes.
  • The largest shark is the Whale shark which can reach up to 40 feet in length.
  • 50 shark species are listed as vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered by the IUCN, but only the Great White, Whale, and Basking sharks are protected internationally by CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species).
  • They have a skeleton made entirely of cartilage rather than bone as in other fish. In general, this group is slow growing, late maturing, and produce few young compared to other fish.

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