Fin Soup Is Not Fine

LemonsharkAlbert Kok

A Lemon Shark
Picture credit: Albert Kok

 

After having to repeatedly watch some idiot this week  wrestle a shark to the shore   just to show off and take its picture, as well as a recent rash of Shark abuse stories,  I swore that if there was even one more ugly story about them, I would have to write, and that story was just delivered into my email.

What ever happened to that great fearsome beast of the movie Jaws that made people shudder with fear?

Today Sharks seem more likely to be on the news being terrorized, than as the killing machines that they have historically been known as.

One of the most perfectly evolved species ever to inhabit the seas, this virtual perfect predator, is not only no longer being avoided in fear, it is now being stalked, maimed and murdered at the alarming rate of more than 100 million a year, which has the science community  fearing that they may become extinct within our lifetime.

Here in Central Florida, some locals brag that we are the shark bite capital of the world, which is somewhat bogus because the majority of the incidences are quite minor, with just a few stitches required to send the victims back to the beaches.

Sharks come close to the shore looking for their favorite prey, which is usually a seal, and a surfer or swimmer to their eyes, looks like their favorite food, so they nibble and not liking the taste, usually move on.

In spite of this, the ugly tag remains on the areas around Ponce Inlet, as being a shark attack hot spot!

The world’s ocean ecosystems without sharks would be a tragedy, as their presence is required to maintain balance and order in the seas.

Yet  again, Humans are the causal factor in this disappearance story.

Sharks all over the world are losing their lives,  just as the elephants, rhinos, and others, for their body parts.

In the case of the now globally hunted sharks,  it is their fins which have become the key ingredient in a disgusting, delicacy called,  shark  fin soup!

The news is not good for stopping this despicable practice, as only some countries in the world at this time, have completely banned this outrageous animal offense.

While these few countries have issued a lukewarm ban on this issue,  many more need to get on board because if we don’t, pretty soon, the only sharks you may see, will only be in either an aquarium, not good, or even worse, only in the movies.

The story is here:    Driven From Predator to Prey – Sharks Face Extinction

 

 

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23 thoughts on “Fin Soup Is Not Fine

    • Makes you wonder just who the superior race on Mother Earth truly is.
      The Insects are just watching and waiting, they have been told that they will inherit the Earth~

  1. We Humans never developed any kind of Respect or kindness to other spices…We will know the consequences once they are completely extinct..
    Well Written and the Message clearly Delivered.. 🙂

  2. Very well-placed piece! I only hope that more can read it, and that the general notion can spread more rapidly so that things can be done to spare sharks, along with so many other precious, endangered species. Now that we know they need our help, let us HELP them, safely!

  3. This practice, like so many we force the other beings of this planet to endure, is horrific and inexpressibly cruel. I shake my head and don’t even know how to pray for change….

  4. Thanks. Another great piece of writing. I was so pissed at that guy wrestling that shark to shore. WTF for? And network news writes about it like it is cute. Or cool or anything but stupid.

    • Thank you Karen.
      I was quite hostile about this person’s actions with the shark and the press made him a spectacle,
      which only encourages others to mimic the abusive behavior.

    • Thank you so kindly for your consideration and the Honor of this Award.
      With regrets, I must decline at this time, my partner had heart surgery last month and
      we are going back and forth to the hospital quite frequently and will be until the end of September.
      While awards are very appreciated, my time online is so very, very limited since his surgery,
      that I simply can no longer give any Awards the proper amount of attention that they require.
      I truly hope that you understand and will forgive me.
      I have written a page about this here: https://walkingwiththealligators.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/my-last-award-for-now/

  5. ALWAYS…. Thanks so very much for speaking on behalf of our most magnificent apex predators, these beautiful creatures which we as a species insist on so cruelly eradicating. And to think how long they’ve (sharks especially!!) have inhabited this planet. It’s mind-boggling the devastation we can cause.

    • Absolutely, they are such ancient dwellers on this planet and as such,
      they should be given so much respect for their ability to survive for eons.
      Only Humans present the potentially fatal blow for them~

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