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Join host Boyd Matson, as we survive potentially disastrous avalanche, swim with manta rays in Mozambique, walk the length of Africa looking for water, and follow our family tree’s roots throughout Asia.
National Geographic magazine’s 125th anniversary issue is out on newsstands this month. As we take a look back at our legacy so far, here are just a few of the ways that National Geographic has changed the world.
Overfishing of sharks and their close relatives skates and rays across the globe has in recent decades led to sharp declines in shark numbers. Some species have been reduced by more than 80 percent. Much of that reduction is tied to the international trade in shark fins. The fins of as many as 70 million sharks end up in the coveted Asian delicacy shark fin soup each year. At the same time, some of the most heavily fished sharks and closely related skates and rays are prized primarily for their meat.
Many secretly fear the presence of one of the fastest and most dangerous fish in the ocean—the great white shark—the largest predatory fish in the world. The 1975 Steven Spielberg film “Jaws,” starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dryfuss, did a great deal to strike the fear of great white sharks in the general public. Now Ocearch Global Shark Tracker is helping followers keep track of Mary Lee, a 3,546-pound white shark swimming off Long Island.
Peter Benchley, author of the 1970s runaway bestseller that spawned the movie ‘Jaws’, famously regretted his portrayal of sharks in his fiction. With the hype around the book and movie, a whole generation learned when it comes to sharks, you “Don’t Go in the Water”. But who could blame them? You’ve seen images of sharks’…