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Shark Myths - Shark Truths

Sharks do not eat people!

Human beings are not a prey species for sharks and have never been "eaten" by them. Fatal injuries caused by shark bites (fewer than 10 worldwide per year) are solely caused by cases of mistaken identity, accidents or behaviour which antagonizes the animals.


"Sharks don't eat people, but people eat sharks"

Dr. Folkart Schweizer


Sharks are wild animals - not ruthless monsters!

These cartilaginous fish are predators which have adapted perfectly to their environment. Their principal diet is fish, although great white sharks also hunt seals and other aquatic mammals with high-fat flesh.
While sharks hunt solely to eat, they are not constantly in pursuit of prey. Sharks are thus by no means the voracious monsters of popular belief. They can survive for long periods without eating - further proof of their superb survival skills.


Shark meat and shark fins are unhealthy!

Sharks do not excrete urine, so that uric acid accumulates in their flesh. To render their meat edible, it must be subjected to fermentation. In addition, shark meat always has high levels of methylmercury contamination - a neurotoxin which attacks the human central nervous system.


Shark meat is eaten all around the world!

Unfortunately, shark meat is also available in Germany - but under a different name. "Seeaal" (sea eel) and "Schillerlocken" are common trade names for the meat of the spiny dogfish (squalus acanthias).


English names under which shark meat is sold:

  • Rigg
  • Flake
  • Huss
  • Rock salmon


Sharks do not enhance potency!

The belief that shark preparations can enhance potency is just that - a superstitious belief. Studies have conclusively disproved that consumption of shark-based products has any positive effect on sexual performance.