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Save the Sharks by Cynpai Save the Sharks by Cynpai

Sharks (Superorder: Selachimorphia)

Great White Shark by Terry Goss, CC BY 2.5

I'm sorry to say that this stamp won't be in the same format as the rest of the stamps in this collection.

I was trying to gather information about endangered sharks, and I was absolutely blown away by what I'd found. From what I've gathered, there are 201 different kinds of sharks threatened with extinction. It would take me days, maybe even a week or so to try and catalog all that information here. I just can't. The numbers are staggering, and I had no idea that sharks were in this much trouble.

Why are sharks killed?
Because people continue to buy products that contain sharks! To truly avoid making purchases with shark products in them, you just have to do your research. Arm yourself with knowledge, and you will already be doing your part to help these animals. We must refuse to support the market for shark parts, and we have to make others aware of just how serious the danger of extinction is for sharks. The more people that know, the more people become outraged, the more demand there will be for greater protection of sharks. Shark products are found in places you'd least expect, and it takes a vigilant eye and a keen mind to watch for them.
:bulletred: Food: The idea of sharks as food, just as with almost any other animal, would be more appealing if the methods by which they were killed were humane, if the parts of their bodies that were not eaten were not wasted, and if they weren't so over-fished. None of the aforementioned can apply here. Shark-finning is a notoriously cruel and painful practice by which sharks are caught, have their fins removed from their bodies, and are usually tossed back into the sea to suffer until they die. Hong Kong and mainland China dominate this market, and the worldwide demand for shark fins is astounding. Be wary when heading to the supermarket, or even to your favorite restaurant. Shark can sneak into the menu under names such as smoked fish strips, dried cod, stockfish, and rock salmon. Shark can even be found in fish and chips, and imitation crab meat. Shark can also be found in dog food and fish meal.

:bulletred: Debunked and Defunct Medicine: In recent history, shark cartilage has falsely been marketed as the potential cure for cancer. This has only increased demand for shark products, and their populations have suffered greatly in our race to cure a destructive, widespread epidemic. An article in the December 2004 issue of Cancer Research confirmed that shark cartilage preparations have, to date, shown absolutely no effect in treating cancer. Shark cartilage is also falsely valued as a healthy food supplement, and shark liver oil is frequently an ingredient in the ever popular cod-liver oil.

:bulletred: Fashion: If you'd believe it, shark skin is actually in the market as leather for purses, shoes, and even as watch straps. As with food, this wouldn't be such an appalling thought if they weren't endangered.

:bulletred: Cosmetics: Yes, cosmetics. Shark collagen is gathered from their cartilage, and is found in anti-wrinkle creams and other collagen preparations. Shark collagen is free of BSE (mad cow disease), and is kosher, which appeals greatly to Arabian and Israeli markets.

:bulletred: Industrial: Squalene collected from sharks is sometimes found in cleaning agents or lubricants, despite the fact that the very same squalene can be found in plants. Shark products may also be found in fertilizer.

Sharks have long been vilified as monsters, and voracious killers with an insatiable appetite for human flesh. Let's put this in perspective:
Obesity kills 30,000 people annually.
Lightning kills 10,000 people annually.
Texting kills 6,000 people annually.
Hippos kill 2,900 people annually.
Airplanes kill 1,200 people annually.
Volcanoes kill 845 people annually.
Shopping on Black Friday kills 550 people annually.
Falling out of bed kills 450 people annually, just in the U.S.
Bathtubs kill 340 people annually.
Deer kill 130 people annually.
Icicles kill 100 people annually, just in Russia.
Hot dogs kill 70 children annually.
Jellyfish kill 40 people annually.
Dogs kill 30 people annually, just in the U.S.
High school football kills 20 people annually.
Vending machines kill 13 people annually.
Sharks kill 5 people annually.

We have to help the sharks shed their bad reputation, and show the world that they aren't monsters, and that they're important! Sharks are apex predators, and they are absolutely vital to our oceans. There is no excuse for us not to protect them. A simple Google search for "save the sharks" will yield results for countless organizations, charities, and foundations that you can donate your time or money to. Sharks are in trouble, and we're the only ones that can help them.



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GermanShepp Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Looking at this stamp reminds me that there are so many underrated and ignored creatures out there. Take snakes, for instance.  It's sad to me how some people would be perfectly happy if sharks and snakes and similar creatures completely died out.
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linneaphoto Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Sharks are gorgeous creatures and I agree with previous comments that if they were "prettier" they would receive greater support. I still think they are truly gorgeous and I hope to be able to see some in the wild one day, more than just the tail of a lesser dogfish. :D
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Fantastalia Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
I know, right? I've tasted shark meat, and while i think it was good, my inner shark told me not to eat it again. And how does a person get killed by a vending machine? Did it fall over them?
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Precisely.
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industrielluberalle Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow 201?? seriously??? Also I had no idea their skin was used on fashion :o
I knew the food part, cause one of my father's last girlfriends said she loved shark meat, that it was delicious. I thought it was so strange, but purses? O.o
You done a great job researching. this is unbelievable. Most people have no idea, cause who could imagine sharks being endangered, such amazing predators?
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hear shark meat is actually really, really tasteless.

Predators are always at a great risk of being endangered, because we're their competitors, and sometimes, their meals.
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've eaten shark fin soup at a wedding (didn't know what it was at the time though) and Bamboo Shark. The shark fin is completely tasteless, a bit like bland jelly, and the dogfish tasted rather cold and not half as good as a similar-sized salmon. 
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The general consensus seems to be that carnivores taste bad. Can't say I've eaten one, but I never hear anything good about their taste or texture.
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I haven't eaten a great deal of the strange dishes served here in China (amongst others, I've seen probably illegal Giant Salamander, ditto Chinese Sturgeon, Racer, Cobra, etc. ) but it seems to me that the regular domestic herbivores like Cows, Sheep, etc. taste a whole lot better than Sharks or Bullfrog...
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industrielluberalle Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Never thought of it that way
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Pyramid-HeadApproves Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with this stamp. I think sharks get a lot of crap just because they're not cute and cuddly like some other animals. And the media doesn't help their image either. 

I don't see them as vicious, mindless man eaters. I mean, the people know that there are sharks in the water, so they should be able to accept the fact that they're in the sharks territory and could possibly be attacked. It's not the sharks fault it doesn't know any better as to what's food and what's not. 
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igloo9201 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I was at a group interview for basically an underaged zoo internship (just think really intensive volunteering) and they fed us (no idea why but whatevs) and while we ate there was this fact board. One of the facts was that while 10 sharks at most kill people each year, 100 people are killed from getting stepped on by cows. Your cheeseburger is more dangerous than a shark. How does someone manage to get killed by a vending machine?!
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
By shaking it to try and get free merchandise, some people end up toppling it over onto themselves.
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igloo9201 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
That's both pathetic and hilarious. But omg LIEK KILL TEH SHARKS BCUS THER SO MEAN OMGOMGOMGOMG!!!!!!!!!111 now we know why there's a "do not shake" sticker in the side. -_-
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It takes a special brand of stupid to shake a half-ton vending machine so hard that you make it fall on top of yourself.
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igloo9201 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I'm glad that I don't know anyone that stupid...other than all of the "aboos" out there. Now that you've helped beat wolfaboos into submission (if that's even possible) you should do other animalaboos.
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Funsizefluffy Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Yikes. As tough as sharks are, they're still pretty vulnerable. I know this might sound kinda dumb, but I wish I could go up to a shark and give it a hug, telling it 'You're not a monster. You're my favorite ocean-dweller.'
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They're extremely vulnerable. But yeah, I wish sharks were cuddly. :c
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Funsizefluffy Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Especially great white sharks. Those are the best! Jaws for the win!
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IllBuyYourOCs Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Yep and sharks barely kill people only a few times a year I think
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Janemba-Junior Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait..wait.wait wait..
FALLING OUT OF BED KILLS?!
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
IT SURE DOES
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Janemba-Junior Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sheeet! *see's friend about to fall out of bed* NOOO! *dives at friend and catches friend* Ouch.
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DreamsphereINC Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student General Artist
......ya see, why aren't "Wolfaboos" trying to do anything for the sharks? SHARKS! DUDE! .....SHARKS!


Nice job though ^^
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Sharkfu Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wolfaboos? Is that really the only meme people seem to remember. Why are "wolfaboos" the only target to you? Why shouldn't EVERYONE try and do something.
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DreamsphereINC Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student General Artist
..okay soilder calm down...breathe IIIIINN..and OOOUUUTT...good? Awesome~

Look, it was a joke, and plus, you might not have noticed but I wrote that months ago. You think I still care now?

Also, if I may, where did you get that wolfaboos were my only target, let alone a target?
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Sharkfu Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because I was screaming and need to breathe, okay junior.

"......ya see, why aren't "Wolfaboos" trying to do anything for the sharks?" You're targeting a certain type of people.

You care enough to respond.
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DreamsphereINC Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh relax, it's a joke. Laugh it off

Care enough to respond? But of corse!

...OOOH ok I see where you're coming from. My apologies. Well, I can't say I disagree with you, all species deserve to be treated equally. But more on sharks whilst we're on the topic, the thing that really irks me is the shark fin soup problem. The sharks are just hunted and killed for their fins and then thrown back in the ocean. As a double Whammy, the fin doesn't even TASTE like anything, it's just their for texture or whatever. Triple whammy? They've over hunted shark fins to the point where there is almost to much, and yet they STILL (in some cases illegally, depending on the area) hunt for shake fins
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Sharkfu Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wasn't saying that at all, I was saying everyone should be asked to care for said Sharks, not just Wolfaboos.
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DreamsphereINC Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student General Artist
....again, sorry 'bout that.

...and I agree with you..

.... god dammit I can't stop staring at your amazing icon...
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J-Stein Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Vending machines they take your money, they take your food, they take your life.... :(
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IllBuyYourOCs Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
HOW DO THEY TAKE A LIFE?
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
/dying
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coyotewinds Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! Sharks are very important apex predatators!

Sharks are one of my favorite animals - all of the different species are just so fascinating!
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WoodLily Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
That's true most of the time Sharks eats turtles, fish, and whatnot. Humans are almost never what they eat.
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And whenever they do take a bite out of us, it's usually because they mistook us for something else. Man-eaters are extraordinarily rare.
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WoodLily Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Pretty much.
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Drakmanka Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your list of things that kill more people than sharks a year made me laugh a bit. Well, to be specific it was the cynical, people-hater part of me that laughed. Laughed at the people who are afraid of sharks because "they are blood-thirsty killing machines with a taste for human flesh". People should be more worried about vending machines, hot dogs, shopping on black friday, and falling out of bed than sharks!
Thank you for this great stamp :heart:
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sunkissin Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this stamp. I don't know what else to say besides I completely agree with everything you said. Sharks are my favourite animals, and it really pains me how the world sees them and how horribly they're treated. You're awesome :thumbsup:
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7Tuchi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shark fin soup should be illegal :fork:
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IllBuyYourOCs Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
yep
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Cynpai Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[link] - There are bans in place in some states, commonwealths, and countries, but it's not enough. It is, however, a good start.
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7Tuchi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Totally agree.
People have an exaggerated fear of sharks -.-'
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Menace99 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sharks deserve more better treatment
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Menace99 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hate a new majority of people now
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shadowleigh Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this stamp. A month or so ago when the last shark attack was in California that killed that woman my mother went ballistic about it... I told her that for every person killed by a shark there are dozens of sharks killed by a person.
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MaxterandKiwiKing Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*millions of sharks*
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Peach-the-mouse Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS!

I hate how people make out sharks are the worst beasts ever. Umm... Maybe its was YOUR FAULT that he attacked you.

1. you went too far in the water
2. you swam with a school of fish
3. you were bleeding
4. you sawm at sunset or sunrise

I love sharks, they dont mean to attack humans, they have poor eyesight and they think we are another fish. If there were no sharks in this world there woukd be dead and sick fish everywhere, causing us to get sick with "fish flu"
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monochromera Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
I agree completely. you know, I'm sure if people were properly educated about just how much sharks are used; when they need not be used at all (or well, as far as I'm aware), we could prevent them from being hunted (or is it fished...? sharks aren't fish though... huh....) as much, and lessen the demand as well as the blow to their population. heck, if educating youth about stds prevents them from being as common in that area, then I'm sure educating people about how much sharks need protection and how to not purchase products made from them; they wouldn't be as frequently killed... :( it really saddens me to see such majestic predators being used in such utterly pointless ways... poor sharks! I really wish the media didn't portray them as the "bloodthirsty killers" they are thought to be, but rather showed them as they are: vital predators for our oceans, and also beautiful animals that despite a mouthful of sharp teeth, can deserve the same respect as any other animal.


call me a sharkaboo or whatever people are throwing around, but I love those guys to pieces and I can hardly stand seeing them killed as horribly as they are, and used for the dumbest reasons.... :(
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