Sharks have a bad rap. Especially lately as Sharknado 3 airs on cable, Jaws celebrates its 40th anniversary and a rash of shark attacks cropped up along the East Coast. Thanks to sensationalized stories and stereotyping, sharks have become feared rather than revered.
They're labeled as dangerous, indiscriminate killers that eat anything in sight. But in fact, sharks are most often the victims. They’re killed by the millions annually to supply demand for their fins, which are made into soup and eaten as a status symbol in other countries. Such demand for fins has led to over fishing and illegal fishing, depleting shark populations worldwide.