Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Exploris goes shark crazy

EXPLORIS, the sea life aquarium in Portaferry, Co Down, is going shark crazy all summer.

EXPLORIS, the sea life aquarium in Portaferry, Co Down, is going shark crazy all summer.

The entire exhibition hall has been given over to sharks - all there is to know and see - in an attempt to portray sharks in a better light.

Nicky Finnegan, the Exploris events and marketing officer, said the aim was to counter the "bad press" sharks got every summer.

"We want to separate fact from fiction," he said.

"There are so many misconceptions about sharks, yet jellyfish are more harmful in our waters."

He said this unfounded fear of sharks had enabled hunters to slaughter sharks of any description, without any public outcry.

"Each year, more than four million sharks are hauled up from the sea, have their top fin cut off, and are then thrown back in to die. The fins are used for medicinal purposes in the Far East."

There are about 375 species of shark, of which about 30 have been known to attack humans, he said.

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