Dead shark killed for its fins

Dead shark killed for its fins

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Credit: GEORGETTE DOUWMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Dead shark discarded by fishermen after cutting off its fins. This is a grey reef shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos). Shark fins are used to make soup, and fetch a high price. The shark's meat is not valued, so the body, often still alive after finning, is thrown back into the sea. This method of fishing is deplored by animal welfare groups, who claim it in inhumane and wasteful. Conservationists also warn that the high price of shark fins means more and more sharks are being killed. Some estimates give as little as two decades before many species become extinct. Photographed in the Red Sea off Djibouti.

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