Posted February 04, 2020 04:32:28Baby sharks are the most popular animals in the ocean, but they are becoming increasingly rare, and this week their numbers hit a low point as baby sharks are becoming less common.
The latest figures from the International Union for Conservation of Nature show the global population of baby sharks peaked in 2013 at 1,200.
This year, the number is down to 563, which is below the peak of 1,539 in 2014.
According to the WWF, baby sharks can grow up to 6 metres long and weigh up to 50 kilograms.
In the wild, baby sea lions can grow to 20 metres long, and weigh over 100 kilograms.
The WWF says baby sharks have become increasingly vulnerable due to overfishing, habitat loss and overfearing from humans, which has also reduced their numbers.
In 2016, a baby killer whale shark was killed by a fisherman in the southern Indian Ocean, a day after it was captured off the coast of Japan.
A similar shark was captured in May 2017 off the California coast, but was later killed.
Scientists are working to conserve baby sharks, as the numbers of them are decreasing, but this week a baby sea lion was found dead in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.