It's that time of the year again, when seals hide under rocks with terror, and humans wear ridiculous hats and bring enormous TVs to the shore. To those fascinated by sharks and other sea creatures, the expectation for Shark Week is as high as for Christmas. Plenty of documentaries, films, mockumentaries, TV shows, interviews, and activities are organized during seven days, featuring the most feared, amazing species in our ocean.
For this year's experience, let's take a look on why we should care about sharks, and why they are cool enough to get a whole week of attention:
Five facts you should know
So, sharks are important?
As one of the big predators in the ocean, sharks keep the ecosystem balanced, allowing other sea creatures populations to maintain healthy levels. Their role consist on ensure that all lower parts of the food chain are controlled. This is crucial, since our planet depends on our oceans - which cover over 70 percent of the Earth.
Sharks help regulate the quantity and the health of marine life, then. Also, they stop the spread of disease among fish populations - since they usually feed on weak, unhealthy fish. As a consequence, there is less competition between sea species, and a stronger gene pool builds up.