The blue shark is classified as near threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. It is believed that 20 million blue shark are fished every year, either intentionally or as bycatch. Their meat is often used as fishmeal, and their skin can be used as a leather substitute. Because of this, the blue shark is unfortunately believed to be on the verge of becoming vulnerable.
- Recommended Age: 3+
- Size in cm: 17.5 L x 6.5 W x 5.3 H
The blue shark is currently listed as Near Threatened. The main threats include shark finning, being caught unintentionally by dragnet and longline fishing methods, and being caught intentionally by sport fishermen. Conservation efforts include prohibitions on finning in certain areas, limits on how many blue sharks can be unintentionally or intentionally caught and the establishment of carefully managed shark fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean.