人类真的需要吃鱼翅吗？这次是我第二次亲眼见到鲸鲨，但今次是极度不开心又心痛，眼睁睁见鲸鲨宝宝所有鱼鯕都被切掉，慢慢在极度残忍，痛苦中流鲜血等死（求生不得、求死不能），自己感受到好羞耻，决定以后再也不吃鱼翅！- by Dicky Ho
This is what most divers would not wish to experience.
Dicky Ho and friends went for a diving trip in Philippines during the last New Year holiday. It was at Anliao then they found a baby whale shark on the swallow water of the beach and tried to save it. However it was found that the baby whale shark was finless; the fins were cut and stolen. The baby whale shark was bleeding andthe ocean current tugged it down to the shore.
Whale sharks are the largest sharks of their kind, but despite their size they are completely harmless. Their behavior is characterized by slow swimming movements in their search for food (plankton and small fish) on the water’s surface. Unfortunately, exactly this behaviour has been the sharks’ undoing over the past years for it made them susceptible to easy slaughtering in great numbers for their fins.
Shark fin has been a popular item of Chinese cuisine since the Ming Dynasty, usually served at special occasions such as weddings and banquets, or as a luxury item in Chinese culture. Although many people say they like the taste, shark fin in fact has completely no taste at all. The irony is the taste comes from the chicken, ham, shiitake, etc. used in cooking the fin that it absorbs from.
Currently hundred million of sharks killed each year. They are being caught and killed faster than they can reproduce, thus they are facing extinction. The depletion or removal of sharks from the ocean may lead to increases or declines in other species, with unpredictable consequences for ecosystems.
Moreover, sharks are at the top of the food chain, and absorb the mercury contamination from the smaller fish they consume. Mercury is a neurotoxin which destroys healthy cells and can disrupt the nervous system. The extremely high levels of mercury in shark fin can leave a man infertile, cause health problem to pregnant women and children.
The fate of the sharks is grim. Once again massive demand of shark fin and repulsive finning are among the reasons these animals have to die. We, as the part of world could save our ecosystems by saying “no” to shark fin. The less popular the shark fins are, the less demand they are and the more worthless they become; the fewer fishermen kill sharks, and the sharks will be saved.
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Dicky Ho 的鲸鲨遇难记：
The encounter of Dicky Ho with a dying baby whale shark:
当时同行之友在浅滩发现它后一心以为只是走失母鲸之小鲸。 (Cute baby whale shark found swimming in the shallow water...)
及后发现大部份＂手脚＂给人盗走了! 一刻间全世界静下了. 每个人心情......... (And later found to be barely surviving ...)
突然...它看着我,它看着每一个人，好像用最后既记忆把凶手面孔记实。当时真感到自己就是那个凶手。人，万物之灵....... (because she was swimming fin-less...)
经过检查后发觉，尾部尚有部份未被切除，相信凶手在行凶时有船只行径，凶手迅速离开现场..... (wounds all over her body ...exposing her bones...)
在场的每个人并没多说话，可能大家心情己找不到合适形容词。小小的生命(5m-6m长)等待着大海把它带走；可能要待上几天， 上天才伸出怜悯之手，把它带往天国。 (tail fin was still intact, maybe the shark-finners left in a hurry ...escaping?...)
不能等了，我们做了杀鲸凶手....... (They could only do what they could ... put her to death...)
看见它在岸上，头部动了几次.....十分钟后再动......十多分钟后再动........二十分钟后再动....血水在伤囗慢慢流出，这景像一世永印在我们心中。 (twitch after twitch ...they watch the baby shark taking her last breath ...)
四十分钟后，它再没游动......一切回复平静，可能它尚有一点气息，可能真的解脱还需要更长时间，只是它再也没有力气了....... (Rest In Pace ... baby shark ... Don't be a shark in the next life...)
Do we really need to have shark fins? This was my second encounter with whale shark, yet the saddest and most distressing experience. Looking at the baby whale shark without it fins, bleeding in pain to death, I felt ashamed with myself as a human being. I have made a pledge that I will never consume any shark fin!
[资料来源/source from: Dicky Ho Wai Keung’s facebook]