I was watching CNN's Planet in Peril the other day. Ironically they're featuring shark hunting somewhere in Costa Rica. There's this shark infested area where hundreds of sharks are killed everyday. Their cameras followed some WildAid advocates in their attempt to fight save the sharks.
Who cares? They should kill them all. They're dangerous, feared, and definitely one of the living things I hate the most.
Until Lisa Ling started explaining:
"There is however, a creature far more predacious than the shark: Humans.
Sharks existed before there were dinosaurs and they pre-date humans by millions of years. Yet, in a relatively short period of time, humans and their technological arsenal have driven most shark populations to the verge of extinction.This is bad news for the world's oceans. Sharks are the top predator in the ocean and are vital to its ecosystem. The rapid reduction of sharks is disrupting the ocean's equilibrium."
These are ecosystems that have evolved over millions and millions of years. As soon as you start to take out an important part of it, it's like a brick wall, you take out bricks eventually it's going to collapse."
Shark finning is famous because of, yes, the fins. They're often transported all the way to Asia, and made into a very expensive shark fin soup, and perhaps into this fried shark fin we get from Mini Stop.
True to my being an Al Gore follower, I will never buy and eat shark fins again.