Yesterday I learned that two days ago an illegal Chinese fishing vessel was found in the Galapagos with three hundred tons of sharks, many of which were endangered species.
This type of haul happens every day all over the world (if you don't believe me go check out my friend @regisunday's page who has spent the majority of her life documenting it). But for some reason reading about this happening in the Galapagos felt like such a swift kick to the gut. The Galapagos has to be one of the most incredible areas I have ever been to. It truly is a place lost in time and had us humming the Jurassic Park theme to each other all throughout the day because a place with so much life in the modern world feels borderline other worldly and fantastical. It's sad that, even with such few places left in the world like this, it is not immune to the demand for shark fin soup.
Galapagos is a marine reserve and has the highest concentration of sharks found in the world, but that doesn't mean they have an endless supply of them. In fact, it's believed that many of the scalloped hammerheads that make up those iconic schools seen in the area are the same ones seen in Cocos Island and Malpelo, two of the other few remote and abundant places left in the world. So this isn't just a loss for the Galapagos, but potentially for Cocos and Malpelo as well.
With so much insanity going on in the world right now it might seem easy to disregard sharks from being an urgent priority. But it's important to remember that the presence of sharks is one of the most vital components in keeping the ocean healthy and in balance. And we NEED the ocean to survive. So unless we protect our home we won't even have a place to discuss any of the other important issues. To learn ways to help read the post on @keiko_conservation.
Photo by @guillaumenery taken during the filming of @galapagosevolution.
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Say NO to #sharkfinsoup #sharkculling #sharkfishing #landbasedsharkfishing #sharkhunting #ocsharkhunter #sharksonsand. #cazon #dogfish #flake #whitefish #moki #surimi are all other names for shark meat.