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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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Given 2011-03-08
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 )
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Rotome89 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel so bad D:
IM SO SORRY!!!!!
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charmie Featured By Owner Edited Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What a brilliant way to spread awareness to such a great cause. I also really appreciate that you took the time to offer more background on the cause and provided links to ways we can help. A lot of effort and passion clearly went into all this, and for that, you have all my respect. I've made a point of donating. :)

Thanks again for this.

L
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ShadowArtist29 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
These pictures make me cry enough as it is, not to note the descriptions. I'm beginning to grow ashamed of being a human. Seeing these pictures, we can be truely heartless. I want you to know that your art has really changed me, and I will NEVER forget the messages they have.
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KeitaNakamura Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist
Wow i have the same feeling your coment touch me
I love your art yuumei
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Valradga Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is one of the most cruel killing of animals on earth ;-;
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SnowInHades Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your art about the conservation of the earth and its species is outstanding!
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Firenze4291 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And all for the really untasty fins.
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dark-she-wolf Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So true. Poor old sharks, they have a hard time compared to some other more loved animals :( 
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Dragonic-Demonic Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
D:
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naiiiko Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student Artist
i am so glad that i am not the only one!:D  i was wondering if i could use the discription for info?i will give full credits:D
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MiruFujiwara Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow thank you for this wonderful information. I love the art and thank you for your meaningful advices
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DestatiDreamXIII Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for using your art to send such meaningful messages as well as raise awareness ;~; I can tell you truly care about animals and I really admire you.
And your use of color in your drawings is always so beautiful as well. I really like your art style :)
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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"?
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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.
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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
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Lizren Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sport... That also another thing that will kill all life on the planet... 
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Ravens-of-Rome Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If it's regulated, it probably won't.
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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.
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ConfederateDekuSkrub Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... That is sad... 
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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.
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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.
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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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Reon046 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I watched a documentary about what people do to sharks. It was so sad :iconsoemotionalplz:
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TheLearningArtist Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You are less likely to be killed by a toaster than a shark. 
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TheLearningArtist Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Less likely to be killed by a shark than a toaster, sorry.
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everyday-im-wumboing Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
i think people feared sharks before jaws, but anyway,
i really like this picture, very thought provoking.
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FallenLeavesANDSnow Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe that you are a great and reasonable person. You actually care about the animals.
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slenderpony12345 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I saw this picture years ago and it has been ingrained into my mind ever since...this is an extremely powerful piece. I can really tell how much you care about sharks..
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crystaldragonwish Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
This makes me so mad when people hold so much resentment towards innocent animals.
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SunnySparkle441 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This makes me so sad! I love sharks! Humans really disgust me, sometimes... :iconsadplz:
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Shadow-Stealer Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your icon... XD
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SunnySparkle441 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:meow:
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Shadow-Stealer Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:3
Sleeenndddeeerrrrr...
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VirunVIICrest Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Humans are not bad things, however.
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Wild-Snapdragon Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You have to admit, us humans are very selfish and greedy when it comes to earth. We take and take but only a few give. 
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VirunVIICrest Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, don't be preachy. There are plenty of animals who only "take," as you're putting it. Besides, what exactly is wrong with "taking?" We're at the top of the food chain, after all.
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Wild-Snapdragon Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
. . . Your kidding me, right? :iconguaahplz: 
Because your ether joking around or really arrogant. :iconcomeoverhereplz:
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VirunVIICrest Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Humans give more than you think. We invent things and strive in technological advancements, create medicines to live longer, etc. Animals can't do that. Don't get me wrong, I love animals as much as the next guy, but we're far more intelligent.
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Wild-Snapdragon Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Your correct about humans inventing things, but think about some of the things we invented that could (and are even currently) destroying our world and humanity. Now we both know we could go on and on fighting about who is right and who is wrong, but we're not little five years old's. It was a fun debate but I believe we're better then that. 
Good day. :iconbaibaiplz:
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Shadow-Stealer Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with Wild-Snapdragon... XD
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DAmaratsu Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student Writer
I'd also like to add that sharks don't even taste good, I know because I've eaten shark, they taste like nothing and they're gray and rubbery. So why should we eat them? Because they're supposed to enhance your effing sex life?! That's so effing crazy! :angry:  
People who support shark finning I say this to you; Go wake up and smell the putrid coffee.Just...go away...  
 This is not right and we need you to help stop it.
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Popcorn111 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was aware of what was happening to sharks before I saw this. I am furious that people are doing this :pissed:. This picture is also amazing and inspirational. Save the sharks!
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theyellowroom27 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just one more example of how selfish humans can be, and stupid... we need to try and live in harmony with the other life forms we share this planet with...
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LucyPham Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how you created the water. I don't like sharks but I wouldn't want them to die for the reasons you've mentioned above.
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AnimeShark Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i want to be a marine biologist studying sharks when i grow up. This piece, not just for the message but the pure epicness, has earned you my utmost respect. thank you.
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cherry12 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh yeah, I saw this on tumblr. I'm afraid of sharks, but this is just cruel. D:
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Bluemisti Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THIS IS SO FREAKING TRUE! Funny how some of us want to kill things just so we can look better and feel better, we kill way more animals than our own kind (billions of animals). Yuumei your such an inspiration.
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AkriaWanika Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautiful picture and sad reality...
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TheMorningFrog Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sharks cannot swim without their fins so they drown in the bottom of the sea, or they bleed to death. It's horrible what some do, killing a shark by parts of his body that he definitely cannot survive without
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