Standing Up for Sharks
Sharks are vital to maintaining healthy ocean ecosystems, but these magnificent predators are under threat of extinction from overfishing and other human impacts. It is estimated that around 100 million sharks are killed in commercial fisheries every year.
To help sharks, Shedd’s field scientists are conducting research in the Caribbean. By monitoring shark populations and patterns, we can better understand the impact of sanctuaries—and work with partners like the Bahamas National Trust to build better plans to protect sharks.
“The global threats to shark populations are far from over, but together we can keep the needle pointing in the right direction and help to safeguard shark populations long into the future. ”Steve Kessel, director of marine research
What’s it like to swim with sharks in Shedd Aquarium’s Wild Reef? Find out with this underwater 360 video!
Sharks from around the World
From reef sharks in constant motion to small deep-ocean sharks resting vertically on a rock wall, meet the sharks that call Shedd Aquarium home.