A Sand Tiger Shark, Carcharias taurus, swims near a shipwreck in the Graveyard of the Atlantic offshore Morehead City, NC. Image shot 2012. Exact date unknown.

Inspired by recent data on shark deaths, two data visualization heavyweights have created a stunning infographic to put the numbers in perspective.

A recent report published in the journal Marine Policy revealed that an estimated 100 million sharks are killed by humans every year. The paper added that the number of sharks killed could actually be anywhere between 63 million and 273 million.

In stark contrast, only 12 humans were killed worldwide by sharks in 2011, according to National Geographic.

Horrified by these staggering numbers, Joe Chernov and Robin Richards created an infographic to illustrate these shocking figures. It was, The Huffington Post was told, a “passion project” for the pair.

By using the data in the report, Chernov and Richards determined that 11,417 sharks are killed per hour.

In a 2009 report, the International Union for Conservation of Nature noted that one-third of open ocean sharks are threatened or near-threatened with extinction due to overfishing. According to the website for Pew Charitable Trusts’ global shark conservation initiative, many sharks are killed — often inhumanely — for the Asian delicacy shark fin soup.


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