Artist Jim Toomey illustrates cartoon strip highlighting sharks’ vulnerability in our oceans. A great series is being showcased on Humane Society of the United States‘ website.
Sharks of all kinds all over the world are at great risk of extinction. Overfishing, poaching by Asian countries have reduced their numbers in the thousands. Caught in fishing nets, sharks drown since they are unable to move through water over their gills. Captured and killed for ONLY their fins, which is believed by some to have healing effects, most sharks are often thrown back into the oceans after their fins are cut off, then they drown and bleed to death in the water, leaving corpses everywhere. They are magnificent predators that keep the balance of ocean life in check and they are “vital part of nature”. Write to the National Marine Fisheries Service at 1315 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
Check out the wonderful cartoon strips here.. You can’t also print out the cartoon image above and mail it easily!