According to the Guardian, a recent survey completed as a part of the Census for Marine Life, has found that there are only some 3,500 individual Great Whites left in the wild — around the same number of tigers that conservationists believe are left. And shark populations are plummeting around the world — the Great White being no exception. The sharks are being killed from collisions with shipping vessels and from overfishing.
But while we've seen a bevy of photo essays and articles lamenting the diminishing numbers of tigers, it seems like the fish that inspired Jaws gets next to no love. And herein lies the Great White's problem — marine conservationists think that the shark may go extinct long before the tiger, simply because nobody cares as much. People have a negative opinion of Great Whites; they're afraid of them. Incidents of shark attacks have been ingrained in the public conscious, and as a result, most are more cavalier about the species demise.