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Alarming situation in the ocean life

Alarming situation in the ocean life

Oceans cover more than 70% of the earth’s surface. Despite the vastness of this area, we know little about it. The oceans are just as diverse as the land.

Life began in the ocean more than 31/2 billion years ago when there appeared simple single-celled organisms. Today the oceans support the wealth of simple and complex sea life. But through ignorance and misunderstanding we are placing these resources at risk. There is widespread pollution and disruption of our coastal waters, whales and dolphins are hunted to near extinction. And many fishing areas are being ruined.



The oceans do not belong to a single nation, but are free, open territory to be enjoyed and shared. However, too often nations are overly aggressive in taking the resources the oceans have to offer. A tragic result has been the systematic hunting of whales from one species to another for whalebone. In 1985 the International Whaling Commission imposed a moratorium on killing whales.

Unfortunately, some harvesting of whales continues. Also, the fishing industry has put the dolphin population at risk and onto the endangered species list. In the past 30 years the fishing industry has killed more than 6 million dolphins. In the United States steps have been taken to protect the dolphins with the Dolphin Protection Consumer Information Act of 1970.

In recent years, shark meat has become a popular food in America. Too much fishing has begun to reduce the numbers of some kinds of shark. Some people say this is a good thing. Sharks kill about twenty-five people a year near the world’s beaches. Are we going to help sharks, or are they going to become extinct?

It’s hard to solve the sharks’ ‘image’ problem and change people’s minds about them. Sharks are hunters and so they naturally kill. But actually elephants kill more people than sharks every year – and everyone likes elephants!

Sharks are very important for the world’s oceans. They eat unhealthy fish and keep the numbers of different kinds of sea animals in balance. Now scientists are trying to find ways to protect these animals. They have been in the oceans for 350 million years. Perhaps they can survive a little longer.

Some interesting facts about sharks

Sharks can hear someone/something 3 000 metres away. They can also smell something 400 metres away.There are 300 different kinds of shark. Sharks eat anything. People have found pieces of boats, bits of brick and rope inside some sharks.

Alarming situation in the ocean life

Oceans cover more than 70% of the earth’s surface. Despite the vastness of this area, we know little about it. The oceans are just as diverse as the land.

Life began in the ocean more than 31/2 billion years ago when there appeared simple single-celled organisms. Today the oceans support the wealth of simple and complex sea life. But through ignorance and misunderstanding we are placing these resources at risk. There is widespread pollution and disruption of our coastal waters, whales and dolphins are hunted to near extinction. And many fishing areas are being ruined.



The oceans do not belong to a single nation, but are free, open territory to be enjoyed and shared. However, too often nations are overly aggressive in taking the resources the oceans have to offer. A tragic result has been the systematic hunting of whales from one species to another for whalebone. In 1985 the International Whaling Commission imposed a moratorium on killing whales.

Unfortunately, some harvesting of whales continues. Also, the fishing industry has put the dolphin population at risk and onto the endangered species list. In the past 30 years the fishing industry has killed more than 6 million dolphins. In the United States steps have been taken to protect the dolphins with the Dolphin Protection Consumer Information Act of 1970.

In recent years, shark meat has become a popular food in America. Too much fishing has begun to reduce the numbers of some kinds of shark. Some people say this is a good thing. Sharks kill about twenty-five people a year near the world’s beaches. Are we going to help sharks, or are they going to become extinct?

It’s hard to solve the sharks’ ‘image’ problem and change people’s minds about them. Sharks are hunters and so they naturally kill. But actually elephants kill more people than sharks every year – and everyone likes elephants!

Sharks are very important for the world’s oceans. They eat unhealthy fish and keep the numbers of different kinds of sea animals in balance. Now scientists are trying to find ways to protect these animals. They have been in the oceans for 350 million years. Perhaps they can survive a little longer.

Some interesting facts about sharks

Sharks can hear someone/something 3 000 metres away. They can also smell something 400 metres away.There are 300 different kinds of shark. Sharks eat anything. People have found pieces of boats, bits of brick and rope inside some sharks.


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