SHARK FIN SOUP?!

17 May

Have you ever tried shark fin soup? Was it good? Do you know how fishermen get the shark’s fin, and what they do to the sharks after? I’ve learned this in bio class, all about killing sharks and finning them. It was something I never knew about, and never saw. People had been finning sharks, and they have become the most endangered things on Earth. There are many campaigns on saving some of the endangered animals, however, there are barely any to save sharks.

When people think of sharks, they think it as the most dangerous fish, or something that will eat you when you go deep into the ocean. Well, this isn’t the reality. Sharks are very shy fish, and they tend to move away from people when they see them. If they bump into you, it means that they want to know what you are, out of curiosity, not because they’re hungry and they want to eat you. This was something knew I’ve learned, because watching the movie like Jaws made me think that sharks would be very dangerous creatures. In the film, the director, or the one who goes filming the sharks, were touching the sharks and actually interacting with them. This was very shocking to me, and I thought the sharks would bite him or attack him. However, they didn’t do they, although there were about more than 5 sharks around him. So I’ve learned that they do no harm to human. People have had a prejudice amongst sharks.

In a lot of countries, people have been hunting sharks, mainly for the purpose of their fins. People have been thinking that eating sharks will make them healthier, since sharks themselves don’t get cancer and die easily. With this thought more and more people have been finding dried shark fin to eat. However, this is a false thought, and eating shark won’t make a person healthier in any way.  Also, people think shark fin soup as a image of richness, so rich people often go and eat shark fin soup. The shark fins actually have no taste in it, and it just gives the people a texture to the soup. Shark fin soup is usually made out of boiled pork or chicken, and without the shark fins, it would just be a normal soup. I’ve had shark fin soup a few times before, and I never thought about how people catch it when I was eating it. But when I was watching the movie, I thought to myself, “Never eat shark fin soup.”

The think that shocked me the most was the fact that people were killing sharks, just for their fins, and were throwing them back into water again. These sharks just sink to the bottom of the sea, and just lie there. I was awestruck by how careless they were toward the sharks.

Although shark finning is illegal in a few countries, I’m sure it is being continued, still today. I’m very concerned about sharks right now, and after watching the film I actually became more interested in them. However, thousands and thousands are dying every day, and I don’t actually know what I should do about it. I want to help save the sharks.

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