Every fisherman dreams to catch some good number of fishes each day. It requires huge courage for the fishermen to sail in the middle of the sea for months to catch tonnes of fishes. And when they succeed in doing so, that day becomes the biggest day of their life.
It is not new for common people to go home empty handed after a day of fishing. You put your arm on your friend’s shoulder and say “Better luck next time.” But when fishing is your business, returning home without a single prey isn’t an option. Exercising from preparing bait to operating equipment, if you are dealing with a large quantity, it requires a lot more than just a fishing net or rod. But as unlimited as the area of your operation seems, i.e., the ocean, so it the range of things you would capture in your fishing net. And when you’re working on the sea, you have to stay prepared for unexpected.
These fisherman usually catches small fishes in a large amount. But today might be their most unexpected and shocking day because you will about to witness an unexpected thing which these fisherman doesn’t expected.
Commercial fishing is a controversial job for some due to its direct impact on marine life but it is a means of living for others.
Those who work in commercial fishing know it’s a dangerous job but one that is full of adventure, rewards, and surprises.
A Different Kind of Office
It’s never a boring day at the office, especially if your office is the ocean. In the past, fishermen have found everything from a sea lion to cocaine in their nets.
An Extra Heavy Load
These group struggled to bring their net up. They are used to reigning in fish by the thousands but something about this catch was different.
An Unexpected Catch
As they pulled up the net, they realized they had just caught an enormous shark. See how it compares to the fish beneath it.
A Sad Reality
While some viewers might be impressed with this catch, animal rights activists see this as a reminder of how dangerous commercial fishing is for aquatic life and ecosystems.
Sharks: A Threatened Species
We may fear sharks but they are actually in more danger than we are. This occurrence is not uncommon. A number of sharks are caught by fishermen who are looking for tuna, swordfish, or other types of fish. Many of these sharks are injured in the process and tossed back in the water and some of them don’t survive.
While a catch like this might make for a great photo opportunity, it also makes us think about the fate of aquatic creatures.
With more and more sharks dying out, their prey — rays and skates, for example — are multiplying and altering the ecosystem.
If you’re looking for a way to help, the organization Food is Power suggests: “The best and easiest way to make a difference for the ocean and its inhabitants is to refrain from eating fish or any other ‘seafood’ and follow a vegan diet.
“Also share with your friends and family how commercial fishing and fish farming harm animals and the ocean, and encourage them to eat plant-based foods instead.”