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Crimson Irony by yuumei Crimson Irony by yuumei
:star: The ironic truth:
Ever since the movie, Jaws, people have had an irrational fear of sharks. The ironic truth is that humans are the ones killing off all the sharks. You’re more likely to die from lightning strikes or falling coconuts than sharks. There are only around 60 shark attacks per year, and only around 4 of those attacks are fatal. The shark attacks are usually accidents in which the shark mistakes a surfer for a seal. However, over 104,000,000 sharks are killed by humans every year.

Around 78 million of the 104 million dead sharks are killed only for their fins to be put into shark fin soup. The soup is a popular dish in Asian countries, and falsely believed to have health benefits such as sex life enhancement. Shark finning is the cruel act of cutting off the shark’s fins while it is still alive, then the still living shark is wastefully thrown back into the ocean to die a slow and painful death. Can you imagine the agony of someone chopping off your arms and legs and leaving you to bleed to death just so they can have a make believe better sex life?

The irony of the situation is that due to all the pollution we dump into the ocean, the sharks and other apex predators like dolphins and whales have accumulated a dangerous level of toxins such as mercury (this process called biomagnication is not as bad with fish on the lower food chain so we can still eat those). Eating animals like sharks can cause mercury poisoning, which will not only cause nerve damage and eventual retardation, but also decrease your sexual performance.

:star: Why it matters to YOU:
Sharks are an important part of our ecosystem. They have been around for 430 million years, and that time, all of the ocean’s life have evolved around sharks. If sharks go extinct, the fragile balance of the ocean will be thrown into chaos. Without sharks to eat fish on the lower food chain, those fish will breed out of control and eat all the plankton that’s needed to produce oxygen.

Unlike some fish that lays thousands of eggs every year, sharks only produce 2-20 pups per year. If we catch them at the same rate as other fish we eat, they will go extinct. What worse is that people don’t even eat the shark itself, just the fins because they believe it will help their sex life.

:star: How you can help:
Shark finning is technically banned in many countries, but there is no real effort to stop the illegal trade of shark fins. However, just by simply spreading awareness about the toxic truth behind shark fin soup, we can help bring down the demand for shark fins which will ultimately break down the illegal trade. If people are educated about the fact that shark fin soup doesn’t actually make them better at sex, and that it can actually poison them, then they will no long want to buy it.

A simple way to spread awareness is to post this picture on your own dA, blog, or website along with the info above. You have my full permission repost this drawing anywhere you want. Also tweet and facebook it to all your friends and family. The more people who knows, the more difference we can make!

You can also help by donating to shark conservation causes at:
SSCS [link]
Oceana [link]
Save Our Seas [link]
Shark Trust [link]

For more information, you can watch the amazing documentary Sharkwater [link]
A short video showing the extent sharks are being slaughtered [link]
A short video of showing the true gentle nature of sharks by Cristina Zenato [link]
Erik Brush’s book about the consequences of shark extinction [link]

Thank you for helping!

Special thanks to :iconwildfotog: for contacting me and working with me extensively on the issue. Also special thanks to :iconthesharkgirl: for first inspiring :iconwildfotog: to help.

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One look at Crimson Irony by `yuumei and you can feel the artist's passion for the topic. Her artwork opens the viewer’s eyes to the cruel and inhumane world of shark fining and commands the viewer to take action. Most people fear sharks because humans fear what they don’t understand, but not `yuumei; she has realized that they need our help, because without it the world will lose such a magnificent creature. (written by suggester) Showcasing this incredible female artist in honor of International Women's Day ( Suggested by SouthPawDeviant and Featured by Moonbeam13 )
CirqueDuAwesome Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really Sad 

Do I have to say more than, "this is a beautiful painting but it makes me cry"?
Nightcool Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Yep, I learned this too. I'm not a fan on sharks, but it broke my heart hearing how they toss the bodies back into the sea.
Ravens-of-Rome Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
To be completely honest, I have nothing against hunting sharks. Being someone who likes hunting for sport, I can't exactly preach against it.

Anyway, I think it's odd that I haven't seen a comment about the actual piece we're looking at. The water is lovely, and the way the blood flows within the water is very nice. Overall, a wonderful piece. :D
Lizren Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sport... That also another thing that will kill all life on the planet... 
Ravens-of-Rome Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If it's regulated, it probably won't.
KorraLover10 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
In a way sharks are beautiful. even the great white. In a way I speak to sea animals. I remember visiting a ocean museum when I was two and I saw a great white shark in a fish tank that was too small for him. My mom told me to stay away from the glass but I was too curious. I went up to it and slightly tapped the glass. The shark came over and just stared at me. I was scared but amazed at the same time. I thought I could almost hear it saying, "Help me little princess." I didn't think much of it since everyone called me princess. But I did notice he needed something bigger to swim in. So I went over to a man I thought was working there and I tried telling him about a bigger home for the shark but the man just told me, "He's dangerous! Stay away little girl." and ignored me. Maybe that shark is dead. Maybe he's alive. But after everything I've seen, I definitely know he was crying for help.
ConfederateDekuSkrub Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... That is sad... 
KorraLover10 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Now since we're older we have to help as much as we can to save those creatures. And by saving them we save ourselves as well.
ConfederateDekuSkrub Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, if we kill every last shark thinking they'll kill us, then seals and what else sharks eat will overpopulate, and things will just become a mess.
Wild-Snapdragon Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
To me sharks are a beautiful danger (such as a bear or a lion) that need to be left alone. I think sharks are very beautiful but I personally like to leave them be. This is a very lovely work of art and I think it gets the message to allot of viewers.
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