Sharks have played a key role in the ocean, and have lived with little problems. Until a hit movie that scared and terrorized people out of their seats called jaws was in theaters. Sharks have been around longer than humans have, and they are on top of their food chain. They have few predators, but there worst predator is man himself. Do these so called killing machines who are looking for revenge trying to eat anyone who steps foot in their home.
Provided that sharks have not been fished out of certain areas it is reasonable to assume that their disappearance would be a result of the destruction of a suitable habitat. The fact that shark species are so diverse and inhabit every ocean on the planet makes them key players essential to the ocean environment. Yet despite their importance in the marine food-chain they remain a low conservation priority. For all their evolutionary success and apparent menace, sharks are incredibly fragile, unable to withstand the increased pressures forced on them by the voracious world fishing industries. This is partly due to the fact that sharks are slow growing animals that mature late, live long, and have a low reproduction
It is true that sharks are one of the animal kingdom’s most vicious predators; however, it is important to note that humans were not naturally included to the sharks’ list of preys. Encounters between sharks and humans only became disastrous when the latter had trespassed and disturbed its domain so as a result, the sharks perceive humans as a threat to them or to their pups if they are nursing. In some ways, “Jaws” provided justification for humans to slaughter sharks, henceforth; it had received some negative reviews from other spectators and critics. Unfortunately, the number of sharks in the wild is decreasing globally. The movie had encouraged resorts owner near the beaches to show the brutality of the shark instead of imposing the advocacies that would protect these sea creatures such as limiting the passage of people where sharks were known to thrive.
There is one whale Tillicum that kills the trainers. When Tillicum gets upset he kills people with no reason. Dwain was a trainer at Sea World and was one of the best workers. Animals gave lots of energy when all of the trainers went on a boat to see the killer whales. The whales have a part of their brain we don’t have called paralimbic cleft.
Orcas with different backgrounds and dialects are placed together without much thought about how this could affect them. A killer whale named Tilikum was placed in Sealand and he was expected to perform tricks that he had never done, and if he performed them incorrectly all of the whales were withheld food. “This annoyed the others, so they would rake him with their teeth, causing him to bleed” (Lewis). In the wild, when a dominant orca begins showing aggression the other orca has thousands of miles to swim away and flee the scene. However, these animals are in pools where they do not have that option.
Blackfish By Kirstin O’Neill The blackfish article and the movie are arguing about the captivity of the whales and how they harmful and how they are not. So the documentary had said that the whales are more aggressive in captivity than in the wild.The article claims that whales live longer in captivity than in the wild. The blackfish documentary says that keeping whales in captivity is unhealthy and not safe for humans. 30 trainers were injured or died from the aggression of whales in captivity. This fact is horrible because they killing people out of frustration and boredom.
Ric O’Barry conveys Mercury is the second most poisinist chemical in the entire world. The poison attacks, brain cells and the nervous systems, causing much damage to the body, possibly leading to dementia, lifelong brain damage, or death. Nevertheless the producers clearly share that dolphin meat is highly toxic and filled with mercury; the mercury could have jarring effects on many people's health including young children. During the documentary Ric O’Barry proves the small city of Taiji served mercury filled dolphin meat in their school lunches for children. Additionally Ric O’Barry video tapes and displays pictures of effects mercury can have.
Virtually all sharks in the world are feared and hated because of the media’s fiendish portrayals. The media chooses to show only the bad side of sharks, so the general population forms biases about these spectacular marine animals. A study on the reputation of sharks, “Sharks Reputation as Man eaters is Unfair” claims that “S[s]ensational television programming such as Discovery Channel’s ‘Shark Week’ imprints certain images in the public’s mind of sharks as deliberate hunters.” Robert Hueter, the director of the Center for Shark Research at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, then goes on to say how Jaws turned sharks from “trash fish” into cold blooded killers. Dr. Hueter then talks about about a simple solution. “Stop describing animals that rarely kill humans as ‘man-eaters’.” The study ‘claims that if people stop using “knee-jerk” terms then it will help reverse sharks’ negative image.
Wallace states “Up until sometime in the 1800s, lobster was literally low-class food, eaten only by the poor and industrialized.” (Wallace 55). Wallace goes on one step further and compares lobsters to rats. (Wallace 56). Wallace does this by saying “Even in the harsh penal environment of early America, some colonies had laws against feeding lobsters to inmates more than once a week because it was thought to be cruel and unusual, like making people eat rats.” (Wallace 55). Wallace informs the reader of the history of lobsters and again puts a vivid illustration in the readers head, leaving the reader contemplating if they truly want to eat a lobster and the morality of eating
Scientific Name: Botia macracanthus Other Scientific Name(s): Cobitis macracanthus, Botia macrocanthus Common Name: Clown Loach Clown loaches are very popular aquarium fish; however they are not always easy to keep successfully since they easily succumb to ick and are sensitive to poor water conditions. This article is intended to help new clown loach owners provide a good home for their loaches. Clown loaches are found in Indonesia (Sumatra and Borneo), and almost all clown loaches in aquariums are wild caught and distributed around the world before being sold. This can put considerable stress on the fish, and a vital step in getting a healthy clown loach school in your aquarium is choosing healthy fish. But how to make sure that you get healthy fish?