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Sharks are Nearly Extinct in the World’s Reefs

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Sharks are in trouble. They are becoming so rare that the ecosystem already suffers.

The study, conducted by Global FinPrint and published in the scientific journal Nature, surveyed 371 reefs in 58 countries.

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The study showed that no sharks were found on 19% of the reefs. Some areas are simply devoid of sharks, including Qatar, French West Indies, Vietnam, Kenya, and The Dominican Republic.

After investing hundreds of hours into observing those nations, only three sharks were spotted. The study was focused on reef sharks, because of one reason – they are easier to spot. More than 15,000 hours of video footage was captured over the study period. This study period lasted for four years, and more than 700 students helped out review the footage.

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