Habitat Degradation

Habitat Degradation is the process in which natural habitats effected and unable to support the present species.  For sharks habitat degradation is a huge issue.  More than 80% of all shark species live in coastal areas and are thus directly exposed to the many harmful chemicals which are transported from our rivers directly into the ocean. This means that this species habitat are being directly effected by humans.  Oil spills, pollution, and chemical waste all contribute to habitat degradation.

Shark checks out BP oil spill

Small and newborn sharks are especially threatened by habitat degradation.  Most female sharks bear their young in protected shallow waters. These shark “nurseries” are not easily accessible to larger sharks and should represent a safe haven for shark pups.  Unfortunately these shallow waters becoming rare due to habitat degradation.

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