Off topic but …


Frist, I am writing a paper and wanted people to know about shark fining. Let me paint the picture of why we need to know about this topic (let me set the mood right #Justin Timberlake). The ocean is a vast place, full of beauty and filled with unexplored resources. It covers almost seventy-five percent of our Earth. It can also be a scary place for most people, due to the limited information we have about the ocean and maybe because as a society we fear what we don’t understand, which could misguide our feelings and ideas regarding its beauty and splendor. Ten years ago, I feared what I didn’t understand about what lurked in the ocean. I based my ideas of the sea on a movie named “Jaws” that depicted sharks as monsters, which made me terrified of the deep abyss. Once I moved to Hawaii, I started spending more time in the water and encountered sharks periodically. I started to realize that Jaws was a very horrific misrepresentation of these beautiful creatures because of my personal encounters with sharks. I then became interested in wanting to learn more about sharks. I was fascinated with the crucial role sharks play in our existence. Sharks have been swimming the ocean for about four hundred million years. They are the kings of the ocean due to their evolutionary success and adaptability to survive. After the movie Jaws, hunting sharks became a trend that dramatically reduced the species by 50% percent. While without tangible evidence fear and a misunderstanding convince our society that sharks cause more harm to us, when actuality sharks are essential to our survival. Our misunderstanding of sharks is symptomatic of our inability to understand sharks, which can lead to our own extinction. As a society, we fear the unknown and because we fear what we fully don’t understand we become victims of that fear.


The over killing of sharks has grown over the last forty-years. The killing is done in an awful and cruel way to these beautiful creatures we take for granted. It is called finning and the way it is done is by hacking off the shark’s fins and just tossing the rest of the mutilated shark back into the ocean. The fin is then used to prepare what is called shark fin soup. The soup has no flavor, no color, and is consumed primarily by Asian countries just to demonstration a symbol of status. The shark fins are very valuable and shark meat is worth so little and that is the reason why the shark is just tossed back into the ocean as a worthless piece of trash. The bizarre thing about it is that the people that consume shark put themselves at high risk of Cyanobacterial Neurotoxin B-N-Methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA). This neurotoxin has been linked to diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS (Neil hammerschlag). In addition to the deadly effects it poses to humans, shark fins have no nutritional value. The ocean isn’t a terrifying place because of sharks in the water. It’s a terrifying place without sharks in the ocean. We are the real Jaws. Thank you for reading.


About ernieg

Aloha! My name is Ernie Gomez, I am a junior in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) attending The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) campus. I was born and in Los Angeles CA, and moved to Hawaii when I was 2O years old. I moved to Maryland in order to attend the prestigious Robert H. Smith School of Business at UMD. After graduating high school, I joined the Marine Corp but after eight years of service, I enrolled in college. My decision enabled me to obtain my Associates Degree in Business and Mathematics, at Palomar College in San Diego, California. After my move from California to Maryland, I looked for a top ranked business school that could help me further my education. The Robert H. Smith school easily became my top choice. When I was applying for college at Maryland, I learned of USG and the great resources available to students. After acquiring more information about USG, I just couldn’t resist. If you don’t know me! My hobby? Working on cars. Who inspires me? Anyone and everyone inspires me, because I know I can learn from every person I meet. However, I admire Eric Thomas who famously quoted, “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” Words that describe me: Humble, Compassionate, Powerful, Honorable My goal: My goal is to move back to California, next to the beach and buy a home also in HAWAII. I am a humble, compassionate and honorable individual who strives to accomplish my life goals. If you see me around school, feel free to say “Hi” and start a conversation. USG is my #1 pick and I am happy to be a part of the USG community. I hope you enjoy my blogs and if you have any suggestions please feel free to reply to my post.
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