Great Hammerhead Shark

Arkansas,
United States
Sharks have been around longer than most fish species. A world without these evolutionary unique animals would be a sad place. Once we start loosing our top predators the condition of the ocean is irreversible. All life is connected to the ocean in some way or biochemical form. When we let the ocean and its inhabitants disappear, we forget our origin and what makes planet Earth truly unique.
Maryland,
United States
I like it because it is.
I like hammerhead sharks
Finding Nemo
Singapore
Shark populations are disappearing...
Florida,
United States
Our top ocean predators are vanishing at an alarming rate. Without them the oceans and therefore mankind cannot survive!
District Of Columbia,
United States
The shark seems to be shying away from the camera. It gives it a vulnerability I never associate with sharks.
United States
I believe the hammerhead shark may very well be extinct - along with many other shark species - in fewer years than we know. I'd like to see that picture in the Smithsonian because some day soon, it might be the only place we can see hammerheads.
United States
Sharks are threatened worldwide, especially by the wasteful practice of shark-finning. This photo with the beautiful rays of sun make the scene hopeful for this hammerhead. We need these top predators. They are important players in many marine ecosystems.
Netherlands
100m sharks are killed each year. Diving with them has been a great experience
Maryland,
United States
The practice of shark finning is having a unprecedented impact on the open ocean ecosystem. When we remove the top predators, the whole system begins to unravel. We saw that in Yellowstone when the wolves were gone. Overall though, it was tough to choose as all of Brian's work is amazing and you've selected some critical issues here. Despite my vote, I do hope that messaging on ocean acidification and on bluefin tuna both make it into the exhibit.
Switzerland
Around 50 million sharks are killed each year, mainly to support the Shark Fin Soup Trade! Numerous Shark Species are on the CITES Red List as critically endangered, endangered and highly threatened. If Sharks vanish, countless other species would begin to vanish also, because they depend so strongly on the ecological balance kept by beautiful Top Predators like Sharks. This picture represents the beauty and grace of sharks and how natural they are to this ocean and that they should therefore remain in them for another billion years!
Michigan,
United States
It would be a great way to learn how sharks become endangered.
Texas,
United States
All the animals on the planet were here before humans were. Ever wonder why we were the last to come along? So that all these beautiful creatures could have their day before humans came to callously slaughter them. They will all be gone one day...and then so will we.
United Kingdom
Sharks are part of the vanishing ocean. 100 out of the 400 species of shark are endangered through acts such as habitat removal, shark finning, the controversial production of shark fin soup and shark sport killing. These acts together and more contribute to the loss of around 78 million sharks per year which is a shocking figure and really is a testimony to human kinds disregard for the fragile ecology of the ocean and it's wildlife. There are many ocean societies and conservation groups seeking to reduce this figure but action needs to be taken now or the presence of Hammerheads, great whites, tiger sharks and more within the ocean will be just a memory.
Washington,
United States
The name "Shark" has scary connotations, but not all sharks eat people. These hammerheads are an important part of the ocean ecosystem and need to be preserved.
Maryland,
United States
So I can see more hammer heads
United States
Hammerhead sharks are awesome
District Of Columbia,
United States
I Love Sharks
United States
The solitude of this shark reprasents how even in a vast ocean there is not enough room for all of us, some just vanish.

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