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shark finning: the act of slicing off the fins of sharks, while their (usually) still living bodies are tossed back into the ocean and left to die. here are 6 reasons why this horrific practice should be banned:
1. our most ancient species are now endangered. sharks have existed since before the dinosaurs and pre-date humans by hundreds of millions of years. a species who were once the kings and queens of natural selection are now facing extinction due to finning.
2. the soup isn't that good angway. shark fins are in fact tasteless. they add nothing but texture to this "prestigious" bowl of soup.
3. changing shark populations destabilize marine ecosystems. sharks are apex predators and play a major role as ecological stabilizers.
4. finning cashes in on cruelty. fins are worth up to $600 per pound. what happens when we overfish all of the sharks?
5. its a wasteful practice. usually, only the fins are saved while the rest of the shark's body is chucked overboard.
6. long-lining kills more than sharks. long-lines (also knows as the "curtain of death") are usually meant to catch tuna & swordfish, but they actually catch anything that goes for the bait, including endangered sharks, sea turtles, and seabirds.
long story short: not only is it a cruel and abusive practice, but it is completely unsustainable as well. #savethesharks#oceanconservation#sharkconservation#healthyocean#sea#california#stopfinning
"hector eyes" a beautiful hector's dolphin comes to check us out while on tour with @blackcatcruises in the bay side village of akaroa in nz, these guys are one of the smallest cetaceans and are endemic to new zealand and need all the help they can get with the population endangered and numbers decreasing send some love their way 👌
Update: a fourth tiger shark has been caught on a baited drumline and killed in the whitsundays following two the two recent shark incidents.
words from: @alexkyddphoto they insist on killing sharks and saying its for public safety. there is no way of knowing which sharks were responsible and there is no proven science to say that culling sharks works.
shark scientist @thelifeofrileynz sums it perfectly in saying that we need to encourage actual risk mitigation policy instead of killing innocent wild animals. more education and more awareness when swimming in the ocean.
i’ve been swimming with tiger sharks regularly for the last 3 years in western australia. sometimes 2 or 3 individuals in a single day. the idea of randomly shooting these sharks days after an attack is barbaric. (here is an image i captured last week of a tiger shark around 4 metres in length.)
Following the pack with @oneoceandiving! 🦈 i feel so peaceful in the ocean, and crazy enough, watching these curious sharks swim around us was actually so calming. it might sound crazy but i actually felt safer being away from the boat due to the slightly rough conditions that day. also, it’s important to respect wildlife as we enter their territory, and remember that this is their home. let’s help protect these gorgeous creatures and their home by reducing our use of plastic and other waste! ♻️ 🐢🌺// 📷: @blakethompsonphoto#helpsavesharks#savetheocean
Late summer / early fall is when beautifully patterned leopard #sharks aggregate in the shallows of la jolla, #california. shallow as in as little as 6 feet of sea water. they frighten off easily and kick up sand while making their escape. these sharks dine on small crustaceans (shrimps and crabs). 🦈🦀🦐