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Смерть и надежда на океанских просторах

ГАЛИФАКС, КАНАДА – Акулы и их родичи скаты появились раньше динозавров. Они пережили катастрофическое массовое вымирание Тиранозавров Рекс и остальных видов, а также пермотриасовое вымирание, во время которого исчезло приблизительно 96% всех морских биологических видов. Даже позднее возникшие разновидности акул, такие как акула-молот, существуют уже более 30 миллионов лет.

И тем не менее, в течение нескольких ближайших десятилетий четверть всех акул и акул-молотов может исчезнуть. Это наша вина – и наша задача не допустить этого.

Популяции акул и акул-молотов ‑ не единственные, кому грозит исчезновение. Много других представителей морского биоразнообразия – особенно кораллы, морские млекопитающие, морские птицы и черепахи – изо всех сил пытаются выстоять под давлением человеческой деятельности. В результате этой деятельности морские экосистемы подвергаются риску разрушения и становятся все менее стабильными и менее производительными.

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