3 weeks ago
New Image Release #1 of 2
"Feed Me" now available in the Fish Faces Collection.
I'm actually of two minds about offering Feed Me as a print. On one hand, I want shark lovers around the world to have something that I think is super cool and exciting. On the other hand, as a shark conservationist, I don't want this image to perpetuate the ridiculous hype and fearmongering that has surrounded sharks since a fiction movie vilified them in 1975. I'm not saying it's not an "aaaahhh!!!!" shot - but c'mon, I shot it in the shark's environment in the open ocean, and I still have two arms and two legs - living proof that what we perceive as scary is just what we've been programmed to believe. And right now, with an uneducated newsanchor whispering over-hyped blibberish into your ear, you may be saying, "but what about that one surfer...", and I'm responding with real facts, like "far more people are killed by falling coconuts, dog bites, human bites, vending machines, and very likely, just in the length of this talk, another few people have been killed driving to work".....and this is a conversation I've had thousands of times, often falling on deaf ears. So where do you stand? Is this a fun, cool, oh-my-god-what-a-rush type shot? Or are you easily deceived by advertising-driven fearmongering that's resulted in the devastation of shark populations around the world? Your choice!
This is a mako - the fastest shark in the ocean. It's also (like it's larger close relation, the great white) one of the very few exothermic (warm-blooded) fish on the planet. Unfortunately, it's been one of the most over-fished species, and is classified as Endangered & Decreasing due to human fishing. But there's good news too! In August 2019, the mako shark gained protection under CITES Appendix II - this means they have a chance to recover, if we let them.
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