Measures to protect critically endangered gray nurse sharks — including a ban on baited hook fishing in key breeding areas — have been implemented in New South Wales, Australia. “They are the puppies of the ocean,” Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson told reporters at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary. “They’re not Jaws. They are very gentle creatures, but we’re down to the last 1,500 or so.” Bait fishing presents the biggest risk for the sharks. To find out what you can do to help protect them, visit projectaware.org.
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