One of the most beautifully shot videos I've ever seen makes me feel ugly to be a human.
Although this video was beautiful to watch, the message has an ugly truth that made me feel bad about the human impact on our planet. Sharks (among other species) are on the verge of a mass extinction.
We have learned a few things by studying life on this planet. There's us ...
... and there's them.
We share this planet with tens of millions of species. We are part of a web so tightly woven that as we lose our linchpin species, the environment starts to fail.
We know there are species becoming extinct, especially sharks.
One of the main reasons sharks are dying off is that we are killing them for no good reason. I'll get to that in a bit, but remember the words "shark fin soup."
We don't know how many sharks are in the ocean.
But what we do know is that there are less than before. Predator shark populations are declining, and they have been for a while, especially in more heavily populated areas. Let's face it, we're not being nice humans.
Sharks have lived through four mass extinctions, and they were around before the dinosaurs existed. And humans have almost wiped them out.
Shark fin soup is one of the reasons we are seeing shark populations fall. It's a billion-dollar industry that's supplied by fisherman catching sharks, cutting off their fins, and throwing the body back in the water to die. Shark fin soup has no nutritional value, and it's mostly tasteless ... so basically we are throwing a 400-million-year-old species away for a bowl of soup.
We spend so much time fearing sharks, but I think we've got that a little backward, don't you think?
Shark attacks are rare, and before I watched this video, I had no idea how many sharks we take from the water. Education will create change. It's simple to let your friends know about videos like this, and maybe we can prevent the next mass extinction