Shark Populations Plummet to Lowest Depths

Shark Populations Plummet to Lowest Depths

In a study published Wednesday, researchers found that global shark populations have decreased by 71% in the last 50 years. 24 of the 31 species of sharks and rays are now classified as endangered, and 3 of the remaining species are critically endangered.

Why This Matters: Sharks play a crucial role in the marine ecosystem. As one of the top predators, they anchor the balance of species populations.

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