Sharks & Rays | Oceana

Sharks have played a vital role in maintaining healthy oceans for hundreds of millions of years as a top predator. More than 450 species of sharks cruise the world’s oceans, ranging in size from 8 inches to a whopping 40 feet long. But today, nearly one in four sharks and their relatives are threatened with extinction. A major cause is the demand for shark fins. Every year, fins from as many as 73 million sharks end up in the global fin trade.

Learn fun facts and how you can help your favorite sharks - from great white sharks to hammerhead sharks - by clicking a species below.

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Ban the Trade in Shark Fins

Less than 15 days left this Congress to help sharks

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Oceanic Whitetip First Shark Listed as “Threatened” in the Continental U.S. Atlantic

Today, the Trump administration announced the oceanic whitetip shark will be listed as “threatened” under the Endangered...

On World Oceans Day, we have hope for the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act