Tales From The Ocean: Shark Myth, A Story Behind The Irony Of The Sea Predator

Shark has been known as a wild predator as seen in 1975 Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.


The thriller shows how wild this snout-headed animal is. Shark represents a killing machine in the top of marine food chain.

Fishermen’s boat docking in the port of East Java. © Atho Ullah

Shark has been known as a wild predator as seen in 1975 Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.The thriller shows how wild this snout-headed animal is. Shark represents a killing machine in the top of marine food chain.

But, not nowadays, since the 90s, the population of this Superordo Selachimorpacreature has decreasing especially the black-fin shark (Carcharhinus Melanopterus). Based on research, hundreds of millions of sharks are killed every year; most is for its fin. Even though shark relies on its fin to travel across the ocean around the world. What makes it worse is that the slowed-productivity and maturity is not directly proportional with the rate of exploitation of this cold-blooded mammal.

A bowl of Shark Fin Soup costs about 900,000 rupiah, which is a prestige and special menu in luxury restaurant. Ithas been said that it can cure diseases although in fact, it contains methyl mercury that is dangerous to beconsumed.

Indonesia was ranked first in the list of shark’s exporter internationally. Conservation efforts in the form of regulation are less clear in this country. Lack of awareness of understanding the role of sharks is a major threat to marine life. The decreasing shark populations, increasingly threatening marine life. Marine food chain in chaotic, uncontrolled and damaging ecosystems, which will obviously give negative consequences in the future. 

Sharks caught by fishermen in Indonesia’s Ocean. © Atho Ullah

Two workers carry the new shark derived from the boat. © Atho Ullah

Sharks caught by fishermen in Indonesia’s Ocean. © Atho Ullah

Several Sharks’ tail stranded in slaughterhouse in East Java. © Atho Ullah

A number of the knife used for cutting fish including sharks. © Atho Ullah

A baby shark is removed from its mother belly that was caught by fishermen in fish cuts. © Atho Ullah

A worker cut out shark fin from its body. © Atho Ullah

Shark caught by fishermen peeled and then cut into pieces to be processed. © Atho Ullah

Hundreds of shark fins and tail is dried under the sun before being processed into seafood dishes such as soups. © Atho Ullah

Shark fins that had been collected were taken to the mills. © Atho Ullah

A bowl of shark fin soup is served in a luxury restaurant in a shopping mall in Jakarta. © Atho Ullah

A consumer is enjoying the shark fin soup cost hundreds of thousands of dollars each. © Atho Ullah

One of the restaurants serves Shark Fin as their special menu. © Atho Ullah

Bad men live that they may eat and drink,whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.”, Socrates, (470-399 BC)

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a freelance photographer, creative director, movie maker, traveller, photo project about shark, global thinker, just human being…

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