Sharks have earned a reputation in popular culture for being ‘blood thirsty people eaters’ but research and statistics show that this label is grossly misleading. In fact, up to 31 per cent of sharks face extinction, despite the important role they play in our ecosystems. 

Tom and our new host, Amelia Searson, are joined by Melissa Cristina Márquez, a Latina marine biologist and conservationist. Melissa sorts fact from fiction and explains how we can better coexist with these cartilaginous fish.

  • Categories of shark bites [01:39]
  • The role of sharks in ecosystems [07:09]
  • Media impact on shark conversation [09:00]
  • SMART drumlines [11:31]
  • Croc attack? [15:00]
  • Diversity in science [20:56]

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