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Shark Extinction In Our Lifetime? (VIDEO)

Shark Extinction In Our Lifetime? (VIDEO)

Shark fin soup? Say what?!

Extinction of the most important species of sharks is a distinct possibility in our lifetime. After all, we are fishing sharks at the rate of 250,000 every single day.

Sharks are an incredibly important part of the ocean’s ecosystem. In North Carolina, when overfishing caused a decline in the number of sharks, the sting ray population exploded. And with all the sting rays came a devastating blow to the scallop and clam populations.

This video explains all that sharks are up against, including being turned into soup:

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Photo credit: Jeff Kubina 

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3:44PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

So awful but at the rate in which man is poaching all wildlife and fish,it's not only the sharks we can lose forever as many species will be extinct. We as humans are disgracefull,truly.

10:50AM PST on Dec 4, 2012

Heartbreaking!!

10:49AM PST on Dec 4, 2012

Heartbreaking!!

9:03AM PST on Nov 9, 2012

Mainly the Chinese people ...they pick these beautiful sharks and cutoff only their FINS while the sharks are still alive, blood pouring from their helpless bodies and throw them back to the sea!!! For what and why???? Such heartless, ruthless people who try to gain profit while making these defenceless animals suffer are pure Barbarians. They get paid so the greed is more in their minds and they don't care about the animals sufferings.Chinese Government should stand up to protect these sharks before they are going endangered in the sea world.
Should Ban these rediculous shark fin soup crap. Why don't they cut their own hands and make some delicacy and enjoy. They should try it and then perhaps will understand a bit about cutting this sharks fins...how cruel and inhumane practise this is.

1:28AM PST on Jan 22, 2012

So sad.Thanks.

2:02PM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

Stop shark finning! Is stupid

6:47PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

It's so sad.

4:32AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

Money, Money, Money is all its about, we will wipe out everything including ourselves and for what GREED. That is SICK!

4:28AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

They have been around for 450 million years virtually unchanged, and the disgusting human race will have wiped them out in about 30 years. I wish that I could relinquish my species cause it is a shame to be associated with garbage.

2:59AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

This is a very sad story. Other animals has to go only because "we" humans do not want to share the world with other life forms, these life forms "we" would not eat (vegetarian food is not a bad idea, or eating with conscience as the so called primitive cultures did and still do, if they still exist. No meat/fish every day). "We" destroy averything around us and "we" forget, that everything is important to survive, too.

As little child i thought that rain is when God and the angels cry - because "we" humans have forgotten that we need this "intelligence", someone who could help... if "we" hadn't turned away for many centuries ago...

"Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten."
(Native American proverb)

"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers." (Martin Luther King)

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