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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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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
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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:iconwild-snapdragon:
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 Digital 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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kuckooKachoo Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist
The only thing I find more unforgivable than this is whaling. Great art and a great way to get the message out.
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Rebel--Heart Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Your work has been featured here!
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Jesserfly Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
SO. TRUE. It disgusts me when people just chop of the sharks fins. Use every bit you can, not use a few and throw it to it's painful death... It's pathetic how people do this for a stupid reason... it disgusts me that people do this. I'd rather they use as much of the shark as they can :I
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Wildave007 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love the art. I have been studying sharks for years and I wish more people would be willing to learn about them.
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wtfpenguinsinamerica Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student General Artist
This is just the most heart breaking thing to happen. Sharks are my favourite animal and hold a special place in my heart. If they were to go extinct....words can't even describe how awful it would be.
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Shark-Demon Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very true. And thankfully there are some Jaws fans who are learning about what sharks are really like.

Unfortunately the documentary Sharkwater isn't available on youtube anymore.:(
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ArtsyVana Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013   General Artist
Very nice!
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LightningDraco Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Some of us are scared of Dangerously Deadly Animals, but WE are the ones scaring them! It's so sad.... :(
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AisuPiuPau Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yuumei I love you
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beyond-illusion Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Can i post the information in the description in a journal?
I will leave a link to the picture and give you full credit for the original information!
It's a very beautifully drawn, emotional, and motivating picture! :heart:
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AprilFoster Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Crap, that's sad. :(
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yummyyums Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
well, maybe because they get more retarded they want to eat more of these?
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guerrillasneeded Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
love your art, and love even more the messages behind ones like these. great work - keep it up
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DancesWithDreams Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist
Thinking of this always makes me cry... why are humans like that? Beautiful and very sad picture. I'm glad you're showing People this.
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DreamLandWarrior Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this important message. ;_; I hate finning, we have other soups ya know, its too unnessesairy.
I can't believe my mother believes sharks are so dangerous, their gentle, and afraid of us. Screw JAWS, I love Sharks to the end
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Ferris4673 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I posted it on my blog!

[link]

thank you Yuumei you helped me open my eyes. I should do something to. i can't just watch
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Jenicsaco Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Gorgeous painting. Very dramatic. I used this image in my blog post ( [link] ) with credit and a link back to this page.
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Incyray Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student General Artist
it's like a shark armedgeddon... for the sharks.
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Arty022618 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student Artist
shark fining should stop
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Dewdrops-in-the-Gras Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WTF would anyone care about their.. sex life.
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Saitz Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
wow man, i looked at some of your pics and i have to say we'r similar if it comes to some thoughtful things, like that here. Your works are great, i hope my will be at the same kind of greatness, thx for that, keep going plz !

It's nice to see some one here in deviantart doing some thing against the extinction of sharks.

(sorry for bad english, im studying interactiv media, not english :D )

sincerely now a fan of yours :)
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