Official Shark Awareness Day
July 14, 2007 @ 11:08 AM (EST)
Is that 180 bowl of shark fin soup really worth its eco-cost? Did you know that this Saturday, July 14th, is official Shark Awareness Day? Much as we love to hate this fearsome predator of the seas, the shark has a key role to play, keeping marine ecosystems in balance. Worldwide, over 100 million sharks are killed each year and the main attraction for most hunters is their fins, which fetch a good price. It's common for sharks to be captured, stripped of their fins, then thrown back into the sea to drown. This barbaric practice is widespread and disturbing, particularly when it happens in an unspoiled paradise such as the Galapagos Islands...
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