If you're a fan of sharks — scratch that, if you're a fan of the ocean, in general — prepare to have your day ruined. You're looking at a video, shot by Oceanic Love's Gary Stokes, that reveals how shark fins are laid out to dry by the thousands along the sidewalks of Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.
This is the aftermath of what Gordon Ramsay — who, as a cook, is accustomed to seeing animals slaughtered for food — once described as "without a doubt the worst act of animal cruelty [he's] ever seen." (Fair warning: the clip below, which is taken from Ramsay's documentary on the practice of shark fin hunting, is not for the squeamish.)
These fins you see on the sidewalk will be used to make shark fin soup, a delicacy which — despite running upwards of 200 dollars per bowl — is becoming increasingly popular among China's rapidly expanding upper middle class. And, as Gizmodo reported last September: