Having an aquarium at home somehow makes me feel some connection to the ocean. Sometimes, I go scuba diving to have a closer look and experience more of the beauty of the sea. I especially love the natural habitat of fishes which are more beautiful up close compared to what I watch through the television. Swimming with fishes is also an enjoyable experience, touching them and playing with the wild. Such hobby may be dangerous because of predators like the shark, but the danger is negligent when one knows how to manage ocean life. For me, I would still have to try swimming along with a nearly extinct species which is also where my advocacies are inclined – the sharks. The aquarium somehow makes my ocean experiences come afresh.
I also love fishing which could be ironic for an animal lover. However, this could be because fishing is legal. I eat fish and sometimes, I extremely enjoy them, especially those which are claimed to be healthy like the tuna. Nevertheless, I hate shark fin soup. Although it is claimed to be a healthy delicacy, it seems to me to be a great crime to eat it. Many would probably love to taste it because of the implication it could make of a person who could afford the victual, known to be highly priced, but the action looks to me to be inhumane. As a person who loves watching and reading information about animals, I have learned that sharks are brutally treated when they are caught for their fins. I find this rather inhumane and as such, eating it is equally so. The delicacy may have been noted as healthy, good for the heart, claimed to lower cholesterol and even prevent cancer, but the act of getting the sharks to extinction is unacceptable. Wild Aid, an organization dedicated to stop illegal wildlife trade, says that sharks are top predators, so when they are gone, the entire ocean ecosystem would suffer. With the ...Show more