Will sharks survive? Australian scientists fear for apex predators without more protections

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Australia’s spike in shark deaths bears no correlation to how they are doing globally due to overfishing, scientists say

About four years ago, Colin Simpfendorfer was diving on reefs in Indonesia’s picture-perfect Raja Ampat region when he noticed the distinct absence of something.

“It’s a beautiful place to dive. We would have expected to see grey reef sharks and white tips,” says the veteran scientist. “But you don’t see sharks for days on end.”

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