How many people do you think were killed by sharks last year? You might be surprised to realize that only 6 people were killed in 2015, yet sharks are portrayed as vicious, man-eating creatures of the sea.
Kyra Kalageorgi is an artist who's using her creativity and artwork to promote a positive message of sharks by working with the organization Love The Oceans.
Every year, over 100 million sharks are killed by commercial fisheries. They kill them for their fins, meat, liver oil, cartilage, and other parts of the shark, which is driving some of the shark populations towards extinction.
Sharks grow slowly and reproduce only a few times over their lifetimes. This makes them very vulnerable and slow to recover from depletion. Their depletion poses a serious risk for the entire ocean ecosystem. The sharks control their prey's population, and entire habitats can be lost without them.
Love The Oceans goal is to protect endangered species, establish a protected area in Mozambique, and work towards sustainable fishing. They hope that through research, teaching locals, and diving they can help us move towards a more sustainable future for sharks and the entire ecosystem.
Below is a video featuring an interview with Kyra Kalageorgi and showcasing her artwork highlighting sharks along with her current projects.