Though the sharks are considered to the demons of the vast oceans and even a few inland water bodies, are they truly more dangerous than the humankind! Here are a few points to ponder.
1. Ignorant Attacks:
The sharks never attack humans for food. They do attack as they are not aware whether the floating or the swimming thing is edible or not. The only way that they can find it out in bad light or in murkier waters is to bite-check the moving thing. Once they take a bite, they realize instantly that it is not seals and are humans who are not edible and do not return to finish the job. People die as they get bitten in vital organs and due to excessive bleeding. On the other hand, even if the sharks are peaceful, humans deliberately pursue them and attack them to end their dear lives.
While humans go about killing just to satisfy their ego and without a purpose itself, sharks would hunt their prey only if they require food out of them, which would fuel their survival.
3. Fun Killings:
There is no concept called fun-killings or hobby-killing in the shark world, and they do not go on fox-hunting just because they have excess time to kill. Even during the craziest of feeding frenzies, there are only accidental bites and not deliberate ones.
4. Hunts for Hunger:
How many times have people seen the sharks swimming besides schools of fish in the aquarium like smoothly gliding airplanes? There may be lots of food, but killing of other life is allowed only when there is hunger and not because the other species is assumed to be inferior, as in the case of some human societies.
5. Abusing Resources:
Unlike humans who would just look for a chance to exploit the resources around them, sharks never abuse the existing resources, regardless of their might and power, which cannot be matched by their prey if they choose to bully around.
6. Helpers Honoured
Sharks do not kill and eat the cleaner wrasse, even if the delicacy is right between the teeth inside the mouth. How many people have taken favours from others just to go around to back-stab the same person!
7. Cleansing Oceans
Though sharks are the top predators of the ocean world, they do the job of the scavengers and clean up the dead carcasses to make sure that the complete ecosystem is neat and tidy. How many top executives with inflated egos would get down to the streets to clean up the mess in the society or at least fund for a good cause? How many stand to see whether the tither given to the church or their alms to the Temples or Mosques or other religious frameworks go for a good cause?
8. Don’t Kill to Eat:
Some sharks do not kill their prey completely. They just chew off the fins and small parts of tail leaving the fish without handicap or physical damage. The prey would just feel a parasitic bite, which will get normal soon. People rip the sharks off their fins and let them die the worst painful death and all this for what? Just a nutrition that they can do off without! Also, humans tend to suck others’ blood until the person or animal species get wiped out, rather than coexisting with them by enjoying the benefits as well.
It is important to learn the important lessons in coexistence and to see others as equals, even if one considers themselves as the top predator and the king of the seas.