The very word often congers up feelings of fear and hatred, but sharks aren’t to be feared or hated. Sharks are vital to healthy oceans and healthy oceans are vital for healthy people. Without sharks the oceans fall apart, sadly sharks are being hunted at an alarming rate. It has been estimated that shark populations have declined as much as 90%. Some people may say good. Who needs sharks? Well I’ll tell you this everyone needs sharks. In parts of the ocean where the shark population has decreased the fishing industry has virtually collapsed. Sharks are apex predators that weed out the sick and the weak, preventing disease out break among the species they hunt. Without them the species they hunt would grow to populous and over hunt their prey, many of which are fish people like to eat. The ocean depends on sharks and people depend of the ocean.