I have been fascinated with sharks since the age of 3 – imitating their fierceness, surrounding myself with their likeness, and taking in all the information possible about them and their world. My obsession is not the norm and I don't intend to persuade your affection for them, but what I do hope to do is lessen your fears, and help you understand why these creatures are so important to our planet, and maybe, give you a little insight as to how I see them.
Sharks are remarkably non-violent towards humans, yet built to be the fiercest creature on this planet.
First, allow me to put the danger posed by sharks in perspective. About half of the 7 billion people on this planet live near the coasts and hundreds of millions of people work and play in the oceans daily. Of all these people, an average of 10 annually actually dies from a shark encounter. SHARKS DON'T EAT PEOPLE. We're not on the menu. Shark "attacks" are motivated by self-defense, territorial issues or curiosity. Sharks investigate with their mouths, and in almost all cases, the person is released after the initial contact. The same thing a dog would do. However, (here comes the bad news) the ocean itself is FAR more dangerous, drowning thousands each year. Also, those squishy, unsuspecting jellyfish kill four times as many people as sharks, and to date, nobody is interested in making a killer movie or violent tv show about them.