According to Oceana Fact Sheet, sharks are caught and killed faster than they can reproduce. In fact, scientists estimate sharks are killed, on average, 30 percent faster than they can replace themselves, and because of this, nearly one in four species are threatened with extinction.
The loss of an apex predator like a shark to an ecosystem has catastrophic results – the beginnings of which can now be seen appearing throughout Bahamian waters. Vast patches of “underwater fields” that were once filled with swaying turtle grass blanketing the sea bed now stand barren, empty, and without a green sea turtle in sight.
Learn more about how the declining shark population is directly – and dangerously – affecting the green sea turtle’s primary food source, and therefore thrusting their population into a dangerous balance caused by dwindling food.