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Celebrating Shark Week by going to an aquarium is speciopathic

Originally posted in 2012 under the title “Celebrating Shark Week by going to an aquarium is, well, abhorrent.” Reposted to correct for some unknown server error that only my site host can fix. 😀


Yesterday, I finished watching the award-winning (31 International awards) Sharkwater again, this time via the nine 10-minute segments that are on YouTube.  And then gobbled up more shark and whale news at The Cyber Whale Warrior Daily Paperli.

I noticed that fellow blogger and publisher of the paper, Holise Cleveland, had posted something I said last year about Shark Week:

Celebrating Shark Week at the Georgia Aquarium is like celebrating Dog Week at an animal shelter.

I think I later added a “dog pound” to the “animal shelter” version because I felt that was a more apt comparison.  But it got me to thinking about that analogy, and I came up with a slightly different version; but one that’s getting even closer to how I see it.  See what you think:

Celebrating Shark Week at the Georgia Aquarium is like celebrating dog week by going to look at, but not trying to rescue, the dogs living their lives out in cages at a puppy mill.  And saying, “How cute!” as you walk to the next crate.

I know.  It’s longer, and not so clever or quotable, but more accurate.  Having re-watched Sharkwater, another Shark Week simile variant came to me that I feel is even closer to how I see it.  Maybe some people won’t like this version as much as the shorter dog comparison – in fact, it may seem a bit harsh:

How is keeping a child locked up in a basement qualitatively different from keeping a shark or whale in a tank?

Celebrating Shark Week at the Georgia Aquarium is like celebrating Children’s Week by looking into the basement window of your new neighbor and discovering a child being held against its will, having been torn away from its mother, its family and everyone it knew.

Even though held in a 10′ by 10′ room, with only electrical lighting, you notice that the child seems happy when the caregivers come to feed it.   And even laughs when one of the adults teaches it how to cartwheel in that small space.

Then you notice that there are people coming to the house, and you see that they are standing outside a door in the basement looking into the 10-by-10 room, at the child.  And you see the people paying the caregiver money to come look at the child.

You overhear an inquiry about paying a little bit more money for cartwheels.  And maybe paying a little more for an interactive program, like a swim-with.

Now, that’s what celebrating Shark Week by going to the Georgia Aquarium is like to me.  Pity I can’t tweet that one.

So I thought I’d put the question to you:  What is Celebrating Shark Week at the Georgia Aquarium – or any aquarium – like for you? 

How to Celebrate Shark Week this yearWe’re a couple of months out from Shark Week, and I have no idea what is planned for this year. One idea for celebrating Shark Week would be to write our favorite “Celebrating Shark Week” sayings on a poster board, and pay a visit to our local aquariums during Shark Week (in July) to share our message.  No doubt the aquariums will have some promotion.  Let’s have one of our own.  I, for one, plan to go with a few copies of Sharkwater.

Celebrating Shark Week at an aquarium isn’t celebrating sharks at all; it’s really celebrating People Can Do Whatever They Feel Like to Sharks Week.

Whale shark is the world's largest shark species. Photo by Brian Skerry at smithsonian.com

Whale shark is the world’s largest shark species. Photo by Brian Skerry at smithsonian.com


Call to Free Captain Paul Watson

I just realized that the German Consulate General is just down the street from where I work.


Captain Paul Watson arrested and jailed in Germany on Costa Rica warrant

Free the man who will not stand for illegal fishing and whaling

German Consulate General
Marquis Two Tower, Suite 901
285 Peachtree Center Avenue, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia, 30303-1221
Phone (404) 659 4760
Fax (404) 659 1280

Hello, I’m here to speak to someone about freeing Captain Paul Watson, on the basis of an arrest warrant from 10 years ago, issued by a State (Costa Rica) that was the flag flying on an illegal fishing vessel in another State’s (Guatemala’s) waters (Captain Watson was asked, by the way, to intervene by that other State and to stop the illegal fishing activity), illegally catching and illegally finning and illegally discarding still-live as well as dead illegally de-finned sharks, a warrant that was not honored or recognized as valid just days ago by Interpol.

To whom may I speak to provide my comment? About illegal fishing that Germany certainly does not want to support?

I expect to say something like that to the Atlanta Consul, or his secretary’s secretary.

I am acting as part of a group that is planning to have call day to German Embassies and Consulates General all around the world.  The link contains links to addresses and phone numbers.

Thursday, May 17.  Call an German Embassy or Consulate General.

And now a song as I unplug and close my eyes.

Do me a favor before I go.

Will you do me a favor?

Stand on up.

Stand on up.

And be counted for protecting marine life.  And speaking out against thinly-veiled, unjust harassment by unknown and unnamed thugs who would kill all marine life for half a buck.

Hold on.  I’m coming.

Captain Paul Watson arrested in Germany to get me to watch Sharkwater

Okay.  Not true.  Captain Paul Watson has no freaking idea who I am.  Or whether I have or have not watched Sharkwater.  But the fact remains that, as a direct result of the Captain’s arrest, I am watching Sharkwater on this rainy Sunday afternoon.

Fact on the ground:  Captain Paul Watson was arrested in Germany.  Here are reports so far from Sea Shepherd, the Cyber Whale Warrior community, Digital Journal and in Ecorazzi.

As noted in the reports, the arrest warrant issued by Costa Rica appears to be related to Captain Watson’s and the Sharkwater filmmakers’ (including the amazing Rob Stewart, whose mission was the making of Sharkwater, and who wrote, produced and directed it) encounter with some illegal fishing of sharks by a vessel flying a Costa Rican flag, or was it flying another flag in Costa Rican waters. Or were they in Galapagos Island Waters.

Clearly I don’t know much.  Which is why I went searching for how to watch Sharkwater.  What I found was that Sharkwater was accessible in snippets on YouTube, posted by Isurus3.  I had confessed earlier today to my marine animal loving cadre, the folks over at Cyber Whale Warrior and Save Misty the Dolphin, that I had only seen the trailer.  That turned out not to be true.  Today I discovered that I had, in fact, watched Sharkwater last year; I just don’t recall how.

So for your convenience, and mine, those snippets of Sharkwater:










So, here’s the thing.  As wonderful as YouTube is and all that, I am trying to download iTunes (I don’t freaking have iTunes on my computer? WTF!) so that I can download an HD version of Sharkwater and watch it on my big(ger) screen.  All at once.  Well, the streamy thing is, well, you know.

And besides which, I want to support more work to protect sharks, and the guys at Sharkwater are doing just that.

What can we do?  Watch the movie, sign a pledge to help spread the word about the dire situation that fishermen are creating for sharks.  And for you and me.

Let the governments know that Captain Paul Watson is the hero here and that they are prosecuting the good guys.

So, Captain Paul.  Thank you for every every everything you do; but really, next time, check to see if I’ve seen the movie.