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What’s the first emotion that comes to mind when you think of sharks?  For most people it’s fear.  Fear of an open water attack.  A fear that has been culturally woven into our lexicon dating back thousands of years.
That fear is justified – sharks are powerful predators.  However, it’s also over blown.  300 times more people bite other people on subways each year than how many sharks who bite people globally each year!
Sharks are vital to our oceans. In fact, given every curveball we are throwing at our oceans right now – warming, acidification, plastic pollution – sharks are more critical than ever.  They’ve been around for over 400 million years, yet have never been so valuable to the survival of our oceans.
Find out why this week on Animalia.
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Joining us today is Dr. James Sulikowski, a professor at Arizona State University where he leads a conservation lab focused on sharks, skates, and rays.  So what’s a sand shark scientist doing in the desert?
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