Students speak out to Save the Sharks (3 Comments)

A grade 5 class at Thousand Islands Elementary School in Lansdowne, Ontario, Canada, has taken it upon themselves to speak out to save the sharks.  During a Biodiversity unit studied in science the students watched the movie Shark Water.  They were so devastated by what they learned, they wanted to do something about the needless killing of the ocean’s top predator in an effort to protect the ocean’s ecosystem before it is too late.  They decided to write letters to persuade readers to save the sharks.  This website gives these 10 year old students an opportunity to make a difference, because their voices will be heard by people all over the world.

Here is one of the letters … Dear Shark Savers,

Why do we need sharks? I am Kyle and I am 10 years old. I think that you shouldn’t kill sharks because they are really not vicious creatures. They are actually important. Way too many sharks are being killed. Sharks also aren’t as dangerous as you are taught and told by the media and we depend on sharks for our existence. So many sharks are being killed that they are almost extinct.

Primarily, there are too many people killing sharks. The Great White shark is now an endangered species. Sharks were once the top predator, but now humans are. Sharks are the most endangered species in the ocean eco system. The world’s shark population has also declined by 90%. In an hour and a half 15,000 sharks are killed. Sharks aren’t as dangerous as you think.

Secondarily, sharks really aren’t as dangerous as you think. Sharks kill five people a year from blood loss not from being eaten, but elephants kill 100 people, and starvations kills 8,000,000! Crocodiles kill more people in one year than sharks do in 100 years. Soda pop machines kill more people than sharks do. Hammer Head sharks have never killed or bitten a person before. We need sharks in order for the human race to exist.

Overall, in order for the human race to exist we need sharks in our ocean. Sharks eat the fish that eat the Phytoplankton. Phytoplankton is important because it produces 70% of the oxygen that we breathe and it also absorbs 80% of the Carbon Dioxide (fossil fuels) from our environment. We depend on oxygen to breathe, so if we kill all of the sharks, we destroy the oxygen we breathe, so if we destroy the sharks, we destroy ourselves.

I am trying to persuade people to stick up for sharks, and to try to persuade other people not to kill them. So many sharks are being killed that they are going extinct. Sharks aren’t as dangerous as the media tells you. If you kill sharks, you kill yourself, your family and anything that breathes oxygen. So, you should buy the documentary Shark Water and check out if you want to learn more.



3 Responses to “Students speak out to Save the Sharks”

    1. Karen Wand January 13th, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Dear Kyle
      I appreciated reading your letter, the facts that you presented and your efforts to raise awareness about the plight of all sharks. Keep up the good work and keep people informed. You can make a difference.

    1. Heather Chitty January 14th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Hi Kyle,

      You have done an excellent job explaining how important sharks are to us, and to our environment. It is shocking how many sharks are being killed, and I hope your letter persuades people to take a stand on protecting sharks. Thank you for clearly explaining the truth about sharks. We need this information.

    1. Susanna DeCecco February 10th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Hi Kyle,

      Your letter is informative and very passionate. Nice to see that you and your class are taking interest in how sharks are nothing at all like they are portrayed in films and are doing something very positive to spread the word. Keep up the good work..

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