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Sharks have more to fear than we do...

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Shark Myth vs. Shark Fact

Think you know a thing or two about sharks? Spoiler alert: you're in for a (pleasant) surprise.

Warning: May Contain Animals

Can you guess the freaky finds in your daily routine? Take this quiz and see how you measure up.

Which Everyday Products Contain Shark Liver?

Sharks are killed for their livers, which contain an oil called squalene. Plant-based squalene (eg. from olives) is a shark-friendly pick.

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  3. Vaccines

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  1. Lipstick
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    If you wear cosmetics, you’ve probably had shark’s liver juice on your person. Shark-based squalene has long been a favourite of big brands, although many vowed to switch to plant-based alternatives in 2008.
  2. Moisturizer
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    Squalene absorbs easily and combines well with other oils — making it a fave of the cosmetics industry, particularly in face and body creams. Many companies now used plant-based squalene/squalane, but check that ingredients list.
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    Your doctor’s office isn’t necessarily shark-free either. Shark liver-based oil is used to improve the efficacy of some vaccines.
  4. Chocolate
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    As far as anyone is aware, shark liver oil is not used in chocolate. So you can enjoy that family-sized bar of it in peace. Admit it, you’re relieved.

Which Everyday Products Contain Whale Puke?

Ready for this? Ambergris is a solid, wax-like material formed in the digestive system of sperm whales.

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  1. This Spoon
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    This spoon is safe. No sperm-whale puke in this spoon.
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    Your morning cup of Joe does not contain endangered whale species. It should still be fair trade though, just as an aside. #preach.
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    High-end perfumes use ambergris as a “fixative” — to lengthen a scent’s staying-power. Sperm whales are endangered, so the ambergris trade is illegal in the U.S. and Australia, but the EU allows it if it washes up on shore. Ick.
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    Your day does not start with brushing sperm-whale puke into your gums. Be thankful for that.

Which Everyday Products Contain Fish Maw?

Isinglass, which sounds like the noise a sneeze makes, is the pure collagen extracted from the swim bladders of Vietnamese cat fish.

  1. Contact Lenses

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  4. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

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  1. Contact Lenses
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    Contact lenses do not contain isinglass. Phew.
  2. Wine
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    Is that isinglass in your glass? If you drink kosher wine, it might be!
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    Good one! Isinglass attracts stray yeast cells during the beer-clarification process. Guinness removed isinglass from their mix in 2015, after pressure from the public.
  4. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
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    Fishy by name, not by nature.

Here's How: Homemade Lip Balm

Make your own shimmery lip gloss, shark- and fish-scale free.

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Why Are Shark Populations Falling?

They're not the bad guys. We are.

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Spotlight: The Beauty of Sharks

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Well, behold these stunning images, and then try and tell us that sharks aren't beautiful.

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How Do Sharks Rule the Ocean?

They have a very particular set of skills.

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@Perrinjames1 — Underwater creative director at Last Breath Film, Perrin is a genius when it comes to capturing life under the waves.
@jim_aberneth — Jim, an award-winning underwater photographer, filmmaker and conservationist, says that he knows over a hundred large sharks on ‘a personal friendly level’. Jealous.
@harrystone_photo — Wildlife photographer and self-proclaimed shark fanatic Harry Stone says of this amazing image: “A slender and streamlined female blue shark overhead in the deep offshore waters of the Cape. Their long pectoral fins are like wings as they glide on their tireless journeys through the pelagic wilderness, perfectly adapted to their environment.” Poetic.
@iamjuliawheeler — Freediver and photographer Julia Wheeler snaps some seriously sexy shark shots. Need proof? Try this for starters.
@the_karma_gallery — An account dedicated to wildlife photos captured by a man known only as ‘Steve’, this bull shark image from The Karma Gallery is all kinds of magical.
@coconutcannon — Cocounutcannon, aka Drew Fant, is a freediving photographer with skills — as you can see.
@pinneng — Say hello to Pinneng, an underwater photographer, videographer, professional diver, and freediver, who captured this awesome whale shark on camera.
@iphotographsharks — As the name suggests, Geroge T. Probst’s insta-game is all about sharks, and if his incredible images don’t get you appreciating their beauty, nothing will.
@biminisharkgirl — We can thank Jillian Morris-Brake, shark conservationist and founder of @sharkeducation for this stunning shot of a Tiger Shark in Bimini, The Bahamas.
@JuanSharks — Juan Oliphant wants us all to see a different side to sharks, writing: “Sharks in general are actually very non-confrontational and very low risk takers, they are more likely to be cautious and calculated then to be assertive. This male white shark gently put his nose on my camera housing out of curiosity, taking his time to come close.”
@fatboybrock — Part of Team Drift Freediving, Brock Deem is well worth a follow if you want super sharky shots like these showing up in your feed. And why wouldn’t you want that?
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