Here’s a Twist
The next infographic will probably be just as shocking to you as the first. Count, if you can, all the little sharks in a row, then the number of rows. This details how many sharks are KILLED BY HUMANS every HOUR. If it makes your eyes cross, scroll to the bottom of the infographic for the answer.
Is EXTINCTION inevitable?
The hunting of sharks for fin soup has left them in a world of hurt. Sharks are slow growing, late maturing and give birth to few young. These factors make them especially vulnerable to overfishing. The following infographic details what has happened to the populations since 1950, when fin soup became heavily sought after as a symbol of wealth, and respect.
Why Sharks Matter
Sharks keep the oceans alive by keeping them in balance. They are a critical component in an ecosystem that provides one-third of our world with food. Oceans produce more oxygen than all the rainforests combined; they remove half of the atmospheric greenhouse gases, and control our planet’s temperature and weather. Studies are indicating that regional elimination of sharks can cause disastrous effects including the collapse of fisheries, the death of coral reefs as well as the depletion of oxygen levels in the ocean.
My Personal Thoughts
When I see a shark, I see the power of this planet. I see nature’s creation of “fierce” in its most spectacular form. Like a hurricane, volcanic eruption, or earthquake, sharks are a creation from Mother Nature to keep her in balance. They have been doing a job on her behalf for over 450 million years. Who are we to rob her of them?
I know what you’re thinking, “But James, I just read this entire page and they still scare me. I can’t see them “curiosity-ing” me in the water and they’re fast and big with a million giant teeth.” I get it. It’s sort of like a ghost in a haunted house. You know it’s there, watching you, waiting for the perfect moment, them BAM, you’re slimed! Okay, no big teeth (much less a body), but we are talking about a creature that is remarkably non-violent towards humans, yet is built to be the fiercest creature on this planet.
Fear them? Who wouldn’t feel overwhelmed in their presence? They are made that way. The “hollowed-eye” warriors of the deep have such focus and purpose it’s awe-inspiring. With their commanding size and speed, we’re diminished to give into our fears and acknowledge their power is beyond us. BUT THEREIN LIES THEIR BEAUTY. Therein lies the inspiration to feed scripts for major Hollywood movies, to empower young boys, future warriors, to channel and imitate the emotion of fierceness evoked by their mere sight. And therein lies the decadence of the human race to hunt them to near extinction for the illusion of power.
Thank you for taking the time to read this page. Knowledge is the real power. And now, you’ve done your part in my book.
I love sharks. This is my story. They are my journey. Semper Fi.