Great white sharks are disappearing from our waters. A recent study found that there may only be a few hundred adults left swimming off the coast of California and Mexico, far fewer than anyone expected. And those that are left face deadly dangers from fishing nets. These sharks are not covered under the Endangered Species Act, but they should be. Newborn great whites from this area are regularly killed by commercial fishing gear off Southern California and Baja California. Our Pacific coast needs great whites. As some of the oceans’ top predators, they keep the food web in balance. And as one of the most iconic ocean animals, they fascinate humans everywhere.