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The “Predators” of the Ocean Now Facing Extinction

Updated: Jun 18, 2021

Author: Ellie Livitsanou

Editor: Cynthia Zhang

Artist: Nicole Wang

Outliving most species—even dinosaurs—scientists have found their fossil records dating back 400 million years. Can you guess which animal I'm talking about? Yes, sharks! Those big, scary, people-eating aquatic animals. It turns out that contrary to our biggest fears, we aren’t part of their diet. In fact, only about a dozen out of the 500 species of sharks have ever been documented to attack humans.