8 of the World's Most Endangered Sharks (Slideshow)
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When considering sharks, it's important to keep the numbers in perspective.
There have been 2,251 shark attacks on humans since 1580, according to the International Shark Attack File. Every year, however, an estimated 100 million sharks are killed by people. Sought out as a delicacy in many places around the world, sharks are caught by commercial and sport fishermen, often with little oversight.
This means that the human impact on sharks has been significant. The UN estimates that some species have been depleted by 90 percent and depletion of 70 percent are common.
It's time for humans to get over our fears and take a close look at the species we've hunted to the brink of extinction.