Like most people, I am completely afraid of sharks. However, I deeply respect sharks as well. The reason for this is because sharks are one of evolution’s greatest success stories. They are the product of 400 million years of evolution and have survived one mass extinction after another, including the one that wiped out the dinosaurs. Even though sharks are being hunted around the world and some species may go extinct due to human activity, as a whole sharks will outlast mankind like they outlasted countless other species. I respect sharks because of their extraordinary ability to survive the unsurvivable.