In Jaws, sharks are described as possessing lifeless, black eyes. When the shark attacks, "The ocean turns red, and despite all your poundin' and your hollerin' those sharks come in and...they rip you to pieces." Today, the ocean has turned red from the blood of millions of sharks, including vulnerable great whites (Carcharodon carcharias) like the one pictured on our cover (click on image for larger view), photographed by Fred Bavendam off Australia's Neptune Islands. Some great white shark populations have declined significantly—individuals are slaughtered for their jaws, fins, teeth, and other body parts, and are targeted in sport fisheries throughout their range. Australia and Madagascar are petitioning the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to stop international trade in great whites while the species recovers, additional population information is attained, and national or international management programs can be developed. CITES Parties will consider 50 different species proposals when they meet in Bangkok, Thailand from October 2 14, 2004. For a copy of the full AWI Quarterly in PDF, click here.
Photo by Fred Bavendam