October 14, 2021

Why tiger sharks are awesome towards the climate

As each day passes, the unpleasant effects of climate change increase. Climate change is present around us and wildlife in various forms. Some causes of climate change revolve around the increased production and use of fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal, deforestation and high emissions of greenhouse gases.

To combat climate change is a choice we all make everyday through our actions. Apart from the positive choices we make everyday, there are some sea creatures that are actually do us great benefit when it comes to combating or decreasing factors contributing to climate change.

Behold, the tiger shark!

Normally known for having a not so popular or ''safe'' reputation, the tiger shark is actually a great contributor toward fighting climate change.

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Stretching at 15ft long, the mighty tiger shark is known for:

  • their unique grey stripes or spots covering their sides
  • having an appetite of the ocean, known for eating almost anything that exists in the ocean (e.g dolphins, sea birds, various type of fish)

So how exactly is the tiger shark a solution when it comes to combating climate change? It's role and contribution in the sea!
There are plenty sea creatures that eat methane producing items growing in the sea (e.g sea grass). Dugongs, are one of the prime sea creatures that devour on sea grass. The average weight of a dugong is approximately 500 kg, making it an ideal meal for the tiger shark. Sea grass is known to have twice the amount of CO2 per square mile when compared to forest land.

Here is the interesting part of why we should see and acknowledge the fresh perspective. With the declining population of the tiger shark means dugongs and other sea grass eating sea creatures have the chance to grow in terms of population. This means more CO2 production which adds the damage being done by climate change.

How is the tiger shark awesome? When the tiger shark population rises, dugongs and other sea grass eating creatures populations declines in a positive manner that reduces the harmful CO2 production.