200,000 people visited the exhibition during its stay in Beijing, meaning that around 700,00 people in total have now seen On Sharks & Humanity. We handed out surveys at the National Museum of China to gauge people’s reaction to the artworks. Check out the results below: 80% of those surveyed think that sharks are humanity’s allies When asked to think about sharks, a lot of people tend to conjure up an image of a predatory great white chasing surfers and gnashing at fishing boats. This is more than a little unfair. Sharks rarely attack humans, and there are very few shark-related deaths each year. More importantly, we rely on sharks to keep the oceans healthy – and we rely on the oceans to stay alive. Sharks are allies, not enemies. 98% of visitors would no longer eat shark fin soup after visiting the exhibition This is good news – the exhibition was always meant to deliver a message, and it looks like it has done just that. Given that China is one of the main consumers of shark fin, it’s great that so many visitors have been affected by the artwork. 98% of visitors would share the ideas and information in the exhibition with a friend What better way to spread the message than by word of mouth? Movements like this can be inspired by ideas – but they have to be carried forward by people. We hope that even though the exhibition has closed its doors (for now) the ideas behind it carry on and solidify, translating into a massive, people-based movement for shark conservation.