Painful Images of Shark Trading in the Arabian Sea

Painful Images of Shark Trading in the Arabian Sea

As a resident of a coastal town, I can’t imagine what it would be like if this were happening here. This past summer a friend of mine took me fishing, not for nourishment but for the experience and I ended up catching a baby shark (don't worry, I threw him back in). The whole experience was pretty amazing. Then back in October I got scuba certified and got to “swim with the fishies.” So when I saw these images taken by Thomas P. Peschak for TIME Magazine of the shark trading business, I was shocked. Over 73 million sharks are killed every year for trading purposes resulting in around 50 different species added to the endangered species list. Not only are these fishermen killing sharks that are on the endangered species list, but their nets are trapping innocent sea life. If you’ve watched Whale Wars on the Discovery Channel then you know that yes, maybe a handful of ships get caught and shut down but the cycle continues because there is big money in the business. The same for the shark trade business. I won’t get into politics over this but it’s pretty sad to see.



Like I said, I had a great experience with these creatures (sharks are awesome) and these pictures really hit me hard. Let us know how these affect you in the comments below.

[Via TIME]

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The oceans are less plentiful and limitless than we collectively think - so if you are into underwater photography, go out and take pictures now. I dreamed of swimming the Great Barrier Reef as a kid, and it's shocking to hear how much of the reef is gone now. Document what you can while you can!

Jens Marklund's picture

Fucking retards.

Please grow up! Before calling these people "retards" do consider their plight, this is probably the only way they can make a living and support their families. You haven't a clue what people in impoverished countries have to do to survive, I've witnessed many things like this first hand in a number of poor countries. Yes, it is sad to see, and I don't like it any more than you do, but unless you want to get off your ass and help those less fortunate than yourself make a sustainable living please keep your ridicule to yourself. We are too quick to judge those without even comprehending their circumstances, if YOU had to choose between a shark and feeding your kids or family what would your choice be?

Not necessarily the fishers (whalers? sharkers?), but those who have created the industry in the first place: The inflated markup on shark fins as a decadent meal, and the use in alternative "medicine".
Everything but the shark fin has almost no value. But the fin itself has a ridiculous value, but it's all artificial. It's a bullshit industry that has no reason to exist.

Humans, we are our own worst enemy!!!!!! this makes me sick i wonder how we have survived so long?

Mike Kelley's picture

This makes me so angry!

because you're easily manipulated? just a guess...

Mike Kelley's picture

Nice edit

 Because you have a moral compass. You would probably be equally angry watching "depopulation" suspected (but not proven) bird flu cases, or your average factory slaughter house.

Mike Kelley's picture

More angry than whaling, I think... Grrr

Thank you for putting this out there. We live in a sad and selfish world. Now go out and help change that! :-)

It is heartbreaking to see images of sharks being slaughtered by the millions, but much of the anger should be directed at the consumers - this wouldn't happen if it wasn't so lucrative and the demand wasn't so high. 

one of the reasons i stay vegetarian. 
they say - go and change something. i say - stay and change yourself.

I won’t get into politics over this but it’s pretty sad to see./endquote

I'm struggling to understand the context of politics in this?

 Good point.

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