That is the first thing I think of when I see this picture of a man and shark sharing one environment. Shared.
We forget too often that we do not own the ocean or the creatures in it.
They are not meant to be in captivity for our entertainment.
We do not have the right to cull its predators in an attempt to make it "safer" for us to be there.
We do not have the right to put these animals through a harrowing experience just for a "cool picture," only to dump them overboard as an afterthought.
We do no have the right to dump trash or waste of any kind into the sea.
We do not own the right to these animals, to fish them out of their home and place them in little jars.
This ecosystem does not belong to us. We are mere visitors who are lucky enough to get to share the ocean with its true inhabitants.
I am sick of the shark culling and all that going on at this moment. It is their home, not ours. Do they just come and invade our home and dump rubbish there? No.
So why do we?
What gave us the right?
As a month of ocean appreciation comes to a close, please keep this in mind. This is not just for cetaceans, for elasmobranchs, etc. This is a post for all animals. And although Sarasota Fins mainly focuses sharks, sharks cannot function without the other parts of the ecosystem that make it just that.
Appreciate nature-- take pictures and keep memories... and leave only bubbles.