Casey Weldon, "Rainbow Bite"
Photograph by Tre' Packard
"Rainbow Bite" by Casey Weldon (USA) sheds light on the worrying state of our ocean's shark population and the demonization they have been subjected to in the media and popular culture. It is estimated that annually, 100 Million sharks are killed directly and indirectly by humans. That's 11,417 sharks per hour or 190 sharks every second, on average. Apex predators at the top of the marine food chain, sharks play a uniquely important role in regulating the delicate ecological balance. As such, the decimation of global shark populations is detrimental to the health of fisheries, coastal habitats and more.
The older, uglier, and more physically frightening I become in my later years, I have learned that even the scary creatures out there are just looking for a good time and doing what they do naturally. In reality, less than 10 people die annually due to shark-related incidences. Vending machines and falling coconuts kill more people than sharks annually. In the end, we all just wanna eat till our bellies are full, and maybe just party a little bit when the sun goes down."