Sharks have been around for more than 450 million years — even before the dinosaurs! Now, they are being threatened by overfishing, culling, and the cruel trade of shark finning.

Humans are wrecking havoc on our world’s oceans and are threatening 1/3 of shark species. An estimated 100 million sharks are killed annually for the shark fin trade, and this number is not slowing down.

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Just recently, underwater cinematographer Shawn Heinrichs, showcased his project, “Tears of a Mermaid,” to raise awareness on the plight of sharks. He was able to get Hannah Fraser, a real-life “mermaid” and underwater model, to dance with tiger sharks!

In the above mini documentary, learn more about the great peril that lies ahead for shark species. If sharks were gone, our oceans would die.

This film may look cute, but it expresses concern for a serious issue that is happening now. Help spread the word and save the world’s sharks.