Though great white sharks are near the top of the food chain, the often-feared fish are down to about 3,500 left in the world's oceans. The World Wildlife Fund classifies them as "vulnerable," meaning they face a "high risk of extinction in the wild." Christina Pascucci reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015.
KTLA's special "Shark Encounters" series, airing Nov. 16-20, covers the important science of one of the most alluring and elusive creatures in the ocean.
Those wishing to donate toward shark conservation can visit http://seashepherd.org or text "SHARKS" to 301-273-1714. The group behind the Nautilus Explorer, the diving company featured in KTLA's "Shark Encounters" series, has also set up a conservation fundraising campaign on GoFundMe here.