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Protect Sharks from Extermination

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jawsfilmcoverOn the screen : Night, darkness and ocean. Charming blonde left her laughing company behind and decided to swim under the calm waves of ocean. Water, under the silver moonlight is being disturbed only by elastic motions of human body. But you already start feeling early signs of impending trouble in the music: the pace is accelerating, the drums sound louder: And on the screen, you see a sudden surge … and soul-freezing cry.

I bet you guessed at once about what I was talking above. It’s already 24 years since we saw the first of “Jaws” movies. It was seen by millions and till now the word “Shark” associates with worst shots in that movie. There is a stereotype: shark is an ominous monster, ruthless, all devouring machine, sharp teeth, evil eyes, ready to tear the human flesh at once.

This image was created and it is being sold even now. Following the «Jaws» there were «Jaws-2», «Jaws-3» and «Revenge of sharks», a novel, which served as the primary script, went all over the world. This is how special layer of mythology had been formed during decades: A great white sharks with a length of 20 feet, weighing 6 thousand pounds with teeth which can be a good knife for cutting meat.

Several years ago a popular story about Shirley Ann Durdin was a big  shock for naive people who tend to believe in such stories blindly, as they think of sharks as awful monsters. Also I remember another quite popular story that diver’s suite was discovered in the stomach of a tiger shark.

Perhaps horrible details like these are sufficient to complete a mythical image. No doubt, many of such facts are quite accurate. However a lot more evidences serves as a counter balance of another side of these animals. You can read my another article  – Myths about Sharks.

Shark experts believe that great white shark do not hunt on human: it sometimes takes a big man for marine mammals, like seal  (especially surfers with board).

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An interesting evidence of well-known researcher of marine depths Jacques-Yves Cousteau who met a Great white shark : «Shark saw us, its reaction was unexpected. Frightened, it released a cloud of excreta and disappeared with incredible speed ».

And that is true,  sharks have far more reasons to be afraid of people than people to be afraid of them. Millions of  sharks are being killed by humans every year. The extermination of these animals  has reached such alarming proportions, that scientists have already started to use such frightening (at least for me) terms: «observed decline», «the probability of extinction».

Probably it is true that in the near future we will live in a world where sharks will be nothing more but just another part of our history. Anyone who wants to see how realistic this forecast is, just watch the bloody battle: Man vs Shark.

Let’s take a look to this website http://www.marktheshark.com/, this jerk is making money killing sharks on daily basis. Well it is very sad but it’s all about money. And it is not only his “fault”, he is doing good business because he got clients with deep pockets, the rule is quite simple.

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“I guarantee a hunted shark for all customers” says Mark Shark. “Full refund will be given if no shark will be caught. Previously it happened that in a day we caught five or six sharks, but now only one.”

Ah it’s so pity that I’m not a hacker and it is even worse that I’m not a judge either :(

But sharks are also being killed because they “taste good” and are considered to be a “magical drug”.

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There are rumors that soup made of shark fins (very popular in Asian countries) not only strengthens human health, but it also increases male sexual potency.This led to the catastrophic reduction of number of these predators in seas and oceans as a result of increased catch from year to year. Near are the days when sharks will be in the Red Book of endangered species of animals and we can see these impressive predators just in movies.

According to Bite-Back, UK’s sharks protection organization, each year more than 100 million sharks are caught for their fins: the fishermen cut off fins and throw mutilated fish in the sea, for them the  age of shark  doesn’t matter at all. The cost of 1 kg of fins exceeds $500 (the dorsal fin of whale shark is estimated to be 15 000 dollars). Now, in more than 125 countries around the world, products made of sharks are available.

In doing so, we make sharks vulnerable marine inhabitants. Unlike many other fish species, they mature slowly (the majority of sharks reach sexual maturity at the age of seven), giving only little offspring.

It’s difficult to imagine that these skilled predators are threatened to be extincted, but this is the actual situation.  Year 2009 is almost in past ( it was declared as  “Year of Sharks”. ) , so that’s why I’ve decided to devote this article to this magical animals .

Also I would like to ask all my readers to spread the word , via linking to this resource ( use small banner code below ) as sharks deserve it.

Protect Sharks

Other Good Resources about Protection of Sharks:

Protecting Sharks – Organizations and Activists

Shark Protect


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Comments

  • Nina said:

    Climate change is also an important issue regarding the extermination of species!

  • Mark Chudleigh said:

    Good article . I have tweeted it ! need to make people more aware ! but as long as there are fat North American business men around with cash and people like the fuck wit Marktheshark ! who’s website you posted and who make out Shark hunting is something for real men ! fuck wit ! the its not going to stop. I think its amazing that sport like this still goes on in somewhere like Miami !

  • Mark Chudleigh said:

    sorry about the f word !!

  • GULLIVER (Author) said:

    F word really suites here , I’ll approve it without editing :)))

  • hhdg said:

    shark hunting is awesome !!!!!!!!!!!! shark tastes good!!!!!!!!!!! there is no man-made climate change!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dasiey said:

    i know they eat people why would you kill them?

  • GULLIVER (Author) said:

    Minor correction , sharks do not eat people , they are just accidental victims

  • Jhon said:

    what if u r the accidental victim and continued to live without a leg or an arm would u still think ppl should stop hunting them ?

  • Jhon said:

    with all do respect sharks wont say protect human from extermination so they r in my food list as they wont spare me :)

  • Diverdude (Author) said:

    People are being accidental victims everyday from car crashes , but I’m pretty sure that you’re using car everyday. I can understand the guy who lost his leg , because in his mind there is only one thing and it’s revenge , but I’ll never understand those , who just hate them without any reason. Yes they can be in your food list , but it is not making you right. I’m pretty sure that thieves are thinking that robbery is quite a good thing to do , but again that does not mean that rest of us should think in same way.

    Take care

  • Matt said:

    Sharks do attack people, there are unprovoked cases of this happening, though it is rarer and often where the people are being idiots anyway, i.e. shark spotting without the cage with a great white, great idea…
    I’ve not tasted it so cant comment there but i see no reason to hunt them for a small part of their body that they cant live without, like hunting an animal purely for its heart. As for sport, its not sporting if they die, no reason for that.
    As for the revenge case of a survivor who lost a leg or an arm, why the hell were they swimming with sharks? They rarely come to beaches with people, as they are scared too, and if they’re spotted, theres a warning.

  • domo said:

    i know that sharks they always eat people but is may favourite animal and i am a girl ilove them and i protect them dont kill them or i kill you !!!



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