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Friday, February 20, 2009

Even Sharks Feel Economic Crisis...Less People in Water to Eat


844lb Mako shark caught in 2007 at something called the Destin Fishing Rodeo.

Everyone is hurting. And it kept people from the beaches last year therefore decreasing the amount of shark attacks in 2008 according to this enlightening article on msnbc.com. At least there is an upside of having to budget and to opt for the less expensive option of peanut butter instead of animal protein like a real American - less human flesh in old Jaws' belly!

No wait, that's not right.

I just got to the 4th paragraph of this article and it appears that a dramatic decline in world wide shark populations could be the real culprit here. Ah, yes, that makes more sense. 4 people died in 2008 as a direct result of a shark attack and 59 were "attacked" resulting in anything from a deep bruise to serious life threatening injury. In 2007, 71 shark attacks were reported, but only 1 fatality world wide. But, it's estimated that between shark finning, commercial fishing and sport fishing 100 million sharks are killed by humans every year. So, whether it's newly budgeting people not able to spend $ on beach destinations or overfishing and cruel finning practices, maybe the sharks are calling a truce. Maybe the sharks are thinking, "Look, we'll stop mistaking you for seals if you stop insisting upon having shark fin soup at dim sum with the secret hopes that it will make your wang work better or prevent cancer, which it won't."

I know it's a long shot, but let's ease off the sharks for bit, huh? Mako steaks really don't taste that great. Chinese Herbology practiced in the US is fine I guess, but if patrons knew of all the endangered animals in those cool jars behind the counter, maybe they would just get some Yogi tea from Whole Foods and eat a more balanced diet like nature intended, you know? I mean, sharks are people too.


Mmmm, dried cartilage.