In case you hadn't noticed, it's that time of year again. A week when shark lovers and haters and everyone in between gather together around flat screens to watch hundreds of hours of all-shark programming on the Discovery Channel. And it's awesome.
The broadcast ratings speak for themselves: Shark Week is the most successful "must-see" summer TV event, drawing 21.4 million viewers last year.
But, as much as we love sharks, there are many species around the world that are endangered because of commercial fishing practices, black market trade, and other manmade problems. We at TakePart HQ urge you to watch this year with these sharks in mind—and take action. They need our help.