Directly across the street from Zhenru Buddhist Temple is Shanghai's largest fish market. There one can find hundreds of stalls selling all kinds of ocean sea food as well as some fresh water fish. While walking through there to get to the temple, I found this little guy. I looked over at him and he immediately reacted to my peer. He backed away, under the water, and as I stood there he slowly came back out. Clearly, his/her vision is excellent and we examined each other for a few moments. For a few bucks, I wish I could have bought him, and released him from his bondage, if only there were a suitable location. His fate is to be ripped apart alive and one can see that all across this fish market. I find this immensely painful to watch. And ironic as across the street there is this temple, which teaches loving kindness to ALL beings. Buddhism makes no differentiation between man and beast. Despite the popularity of these temples, I think that 99% of those who attend have no idea of the basic tenants of Buddhism. Everyone seemingly goes to temples to pray for wealth, prosperity, and good luck. The very antithesis of Buddhism.
55mm f/2.8 AIS on Neopan 400 film. Some slight motion blur due to very low light levels (slow shutter speeds).