Lars Gustafson 11/4/15 GEOG 304 Research Paper: Shark Finning With an alarming one in four shark species endangered across the globe, we have come to a breaking point where our oceans ecosystems could suffer permanent damage if the practice of shark finning in the oceans off of Eastern Asia continues as shark population’s plummet. According to www.stopsharkfinning.net, tens of millions of sharks are killed every single year just for the fins that are the main ingredient in shark fin soup. Shark fins are harvested to feed the growing demand for shark fin soup that is an Asian delicacy food. When the sharks are finned they are usually thrown back into the water and left to drown slowly. Sharks rely on their fins to swim and allow water to
Another instance of a deadly killer whale attack happened in Spain. Alexis Martinez was killed by the 14 year old killer whale Keto (Jacobs). Keto was born in Sea World but was later separated from his mother and was sold to a water park in Spain, Loro Parque. Keto suffered with separation issues from his mother and had frequent run ins with his tank mates causing tension, anxiety, and stress to build. On December 24, 2009, Keto pulled Alexis Martinez into the tank where he drowned.
Hannah Ton Mrs. Braun Honors American Literature 1 November 2015 SeaWorld Orca Breeding Should Not Be Continued When Dr. Heather Rally, a veterinarian who specializes with marine mammals, visited SeaWorld, she witnessed an orca with a severely collapsed fin and asked an “educational” guide why its fin was bent. The guide replied that it was a genetic trait just like curly or straight hair. However, Rally knows the truth, scientific evidence suggests that the high rate of dorsal fin collapse in captive orcas is due to conditions of captivity. These include spending an abnormally long time at the surface in direct sunlight and continuously swimming in tight circles. Recently, a law was passed by the Coastal Commission to allow SeaWorld to expand
In May 1991, zebra mussels were found in the Hudson River. 500 billion of these mussels were found in the course of a year. They looked seemingly harmless, but over time these mussels became a sort of threat. They were destroying the microscopic animals in the river. On the other hand, they also help out by a ton.
Mike explains how it was unlike he has ever seen before and that was the moment he became hooked. Later in his life he became an American documentary filmmaker specialising in underwater cinematography. Mike DeGruy was a regular on Shark Week and even a shark attack survivor. He is well known for his shark attack in april of 1978 where he got severely bitten by a grey reef shark. He was a member of many deep sea expeditions and was a part of the team that first filmed the vampire squid and the nautilus.
Stewart Parnell is convicted of knowingly selling tainted peanut butter, poisoning many. Apparently it is the first time food producers have gone into trial. He was jailed for 28 years, as he had poisoned more than 700 people with true consent. According to this link, http://www.wired.com/2013/02/prosecution-pca/, It is regognized that 714 people were poisoned, ¼ were put into the hospital, and even 9 people died from the salmonella spread. It is bad enough that cnn got involved: www.cnn.com/2015/09/21/us/salmonella-peanut-exec-sentenced/.
Since the mid-1900, NRDC and other organizations have been wondering whether or not it has been the Navy’s sonar testing that has been killing our whales and different animals in the ocean. In 2000, investigations led to U.S naval sonar testing being the cause of dozens of whales from different species found beached around the Bahamas. (Since) Reaching at 235-decibel pressure wave’s cause a certain high pitched noise that hurts the whales. Now, 200 decibel let alone can rupture lungs, and any higher can cause brain to hemorrhage. “If you’re not deaf after this devastating sonar blast, you’re dead.” (There) Evidence shows that whales will drop their depth to thousands of feet causing bleeding from eyes and ears, and what is most commonly known,
There was an accident in florida at one of our schools that a 8th grader brought a 1911 stainless steel colt 45 and massacred over 100 staff and students. There is a survey that 17 percent of high school have done or do drugs or alcohol. So the random locker search is a good thing because 17 percent of 500 people 85
Proposal The issue The issue is Baby Seal Hunting. The seals are mainly killed for their pelts, but hunters also sell their blubber, which is used to make ‘seal oil’ and sold as a health supplement, and the penises, which are a popular ingredient in aphrodisiacs in some Asian markets. So what happens is that every year around spring when the seal pups start shedding their white fuzzy fur. A hundred to thousand Canadian Fisherman ( Newfoundland and the Magdalen Islands of Quebec) find their way to the floes and proceed to club, bludgeon, shoot, and skin tens to hundreds of thousands of harp seals. About 95% of the seals killed in the ‘hunt’ are 3 weeks to 3 months old.
D.W. Laist research claims that the polluted gyre affects 267 species worldwide: 86% of all sea turtle species, 44% of all seabird species, and 43% of all marine mammal species. Oesophagus and stomach contents of the endangered green sea turtle were examined from 38 representatives, 23 of which (60.5%) had swallowed debris, especially plastics. Scientists have documented 6 pounds of plastic for every pound of plankton in this area (“Plastic Ocean - The Great Pacific Garbage Patch”). Most of this plastic is eaten by sea birds and animals, including turtles and albatrosses. Sea turtles often eat plastic bags instead of jellies.
What is even more horrifying is how SeaWorld treats its whale trainers. On page 164, Hargrove says that “On June 15, 1987, Joanne Webber had her neck broken after a 6,000-pound killer whale hit her… The force thrust Webber to the bottom of the 40-foot pool. There appeared to be more concern over SeaWorld property than over getting her immediate care. According to the she would file, she was made to walk 50 feet to an enclosure and was told to remove her wetsuit so that emergency workers wouldn’t have to
SeaWorld has been in the spotlight for several years now. Whether it is negative or positive publicity, someone is talking about SeaWorld; from the new animal births at their facility, killer whales attacking their trainer and the sudden unexplainable deaths of many of their animals. In 2013 the documentary “Blackfish” explained how SeaWorld’s animals and staff are really treated. Since the release of Blackfish, SeaWorld’s image and attendance has gone down the drain. SeaWorld San Diego’s attendance is down 12% and SeaWorld Orlando is down 8% (Weisberg, 2015).
Tri-Union Seafoods is recalling 2,745 cases of Chicken of the Sea brand canned tuna because it might be undercooked due to an equipment malfunction, according to manufacturer Tri-Union Seafoods. The recalled UPC codes are 0 4800000195 5 and 0 4800000245 7. They were produced between February 10, 2016 and March 16, 2016. H-E-B is recalling 224 cases of Hill Country Fare brand chunk light tuna in oil sold in Texas stores between February 24, 2016, and March 16, 2016. The recalled UPC code is 0 4122065335 5.
Baitfish, Menhaden (Brevoortia sp. ), containing high concentrations of breve toxins were the most common prey identifiable in dolphin stomach contents, revealing the source of the breve toxins” (Effects of Florida’s). The same thing happened in 2002 where thirty four endangered manatees died in Florida and again in 2004 when 107 bottlenose dolphins died off the Florida panhandle. “In the spring of 2002, 34 endangered Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris) died in southwest Florida, and 107 bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) died in waters off the Florida panhandle in the spring of 2004. In both of these unusual mortality events, extensive water surveys revealed that only low concentrations of K. Brevis were present” (Flewelling, L. J., et al 755).