For so many years, Shark Tank has really done its part to be the nexus of business and entertainment. It is an aspirational show, but at the same time, it’s also a show that is largely about making people money. Occasionally, you do get a chance to see a socially-conscious product on the series, but tonight, most of the Sharks were strictly in the spirit of activism as they talked about conservation and trying to make the world (and the oceans) a better place.
Shark conservation is, in general, something that we don’t hear or think about anywhere near as much as we should. The preconceived notion here is to just think about them in relation to Jaws or the occasional shark attack that happens. Yet, the reality here is simple: So many of them are in trouble. Commercial fishing hurts them and the same thing goes for people who are strictly out for their fins.
The video below came ahead of tonight’s Shark Week broadcast, and it features many of the sharks from Barbara Corcoran to Kevin O’Leary to Mark Cuban to Daymond John in various parts of the world, learning more about sharks and also some of what can be done to help them. What’s important about all of these TV Sharks is that they are people with the capabilities of being pioneers in conservation. Hopefully, they can help lead the way in ensuring that many of these animals are around for many generations to come. They’re valuable to the ecosystem and then almost to the hearts and imagination of many.
The next season of Shark Tank is slated to premiere this fall on ABC; it will once again air on Sunday nights, and we’ll have more coverage coming in the months ahead.
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