Shark Meat

The shark meat contains high concentrations of methyl mercury, which is highly toxic to humans. In Cape Town and all over South Africa Great white sharks are not exploited for its meat. Often the shark is captured as by-catch by large international fishing fleets with huge nets outside the nature reserves. When caught from sport fisher, the shark will be released back into the wild.

Shark meat - Great White Sharks in South Africa - Shark Products and the Risks

Shark meat 

Consumption of shark meat causes speech problems and leads to paralysis as well as nervous disorders. In Asian countries it is nonetheless a traditional staple food and in some cases its meat is processed into fish meal and used as animal feed. In Japan and China its dorsal fin is very popular. When caught, its fin is cut off while the shark is still alive. The shark is disposed back into the sea where it suffocates and dies on the seabed under agonizing conditions.
Sharks are caught and their fins removed for shark fin soup, which is seen in Asia as a status symbol. Even its flesh has found its place in alternative medicine, although scientific studies do not back these methods or advise completely against them!
Even in Europe you will find shark products being sold in the supermarkets. Perhaps you have heard of trade names such as Schillerlocke, stone salmon, eel and bacon fish or veal fish. It is also sold as imitation crab meat and can even be found in some salads or pizzas.
Surprisingly there have been many newspaper reports surrounding food scandals where mercury contaminated Shark meat is offered in countries like Germany, Austria or Switzerland. The WHO (World Health Organization) explicitly warns against the consumption of shark meat and even suspects that it causes cancer. 
Through the destruction of Great White sharks, the ecological system is heavily burdened, and large sources of oxygen are being destroyed.

Plastic Garbage in our oceans

The consequences are clearly spelled out, should the Great White shark reach extinction, our seas will perish and in turn so will we due to our destruction of the environment. It is time we urgently change our consumer behaviour and refrain from purchasing shark products. It is imperative that we start decreasing our plastic production as more than 100,000 aquatic animals die of waste plastic each year. Humanity has not yet entirely understood that we have to learn to live with nature and not against it, because when the clock strikes 12, it will be too late!
Should you be planning a visit to Cape Town, South Africa, we would like to recommend shark diving in Gansbaai. Experience the oceans greatest predator with a cage diving experience. 
South Africa is one of the only countries on our planet where you can still experience the world’s largest terrestrial and aquatic animals in their natural habitat. Witness the Big 5 and Big 6 in the winter time of the rainbow nation, and the Big 7 in spring time with whales.
Nowhere in the world can you enjoy such an experience! Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries

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