Won’t the real Jaws please stand up

“Sharks have thrived for 400 million years. They get less cancer and are less susceptible to certain viruses than we are. They’re also called “majestic” more often than many of us. But we’ve failed to steal their proverbial flavor,” reports politics site Atlantic.

So healthy are sharks that humans have apparently been grinding up, eating, and uh, injecting, the endangered species in a bid to harness their immunity. Shark cartilage continues to be used as adjunctive therapy in cancer, osteoarthritis, psoriasis, and macular degeneration, despite the evidence for its effectiveness being slim.

And we moan when they munch on us…

As a result of this kinda like almost witchcraft-sounding treatment, and not to mention the fin snatching mafia (a highly lucrative ingredient in soup) the shark population is in worrying decline. Hurray, I hear you secretly sigh, eyeing up scuba diving hols in the Red Sea, fear free. But before you do, ‘jaws’ for thought: Every year around 100 shark attacks are reported worldwide, although death is quite unusual. In comparison, 100 million sharks are killed every year by humans.

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2 responses to “Won’t the real Jaws please stand up

  1. Paul

    I’m sure they play a significant role in the eco-system, and therefore should be preserved, despite being thoroughly bereft of charm.

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