Not all sharks are like the ones in the 1975 Hollywood blockbuster.

Sharks are one of the most widely misunderstood animals in our oceans. More than ever, sharks and rays need protection to sustain their populations. For example, the gentle basking sharks (Cetorhinus maximus) are on the “endangered” list under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. It’s not too late to change our way of how we perceive these creatures in order to better understand them.

In one effort to raise awareness about the issues sharks and rays face, the Vancouver Aquarium’s The Secret World of Sharks and Rays highlights the secret lives of these fascinating animals. You’ll be exposed to the wonders and mysteries of the tasselled wobbegong, the zebra shark, dogfish, whiprays and more.

The majestic whipray. 

Millions of sharks, skates, rays and ratfishes are falling victim to bycatch (unintended catch) in commercial fisheries. Along with the well-known sharks and rays, lesser-known species of sharks and rays are also being removed from our oceans. Shark populations are rapidly decreasing in our oceans. Through The Secret World of Sharks and Rays, the Vancouver Aquarium hopes to raise awareness about the conservation efforts of these animals.

One of the easiest ways you can contribute to conserving the diminishing shark population is to choose Ocean Wise seafood options. Next time you’re dining out or shopping for groceries, look for the Ocean Wise symbol next to a seafood item for Vancouver Aquarium’s assurance of an ocean-friendly choice.

For more information on The Secret World of Sharks and Rays, please visit this page.

 

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