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Top 5 Endangered Sharks (slideshow)

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Top 5 Endangered Sharks (slideshow)

By Karl Burkart, MNN via Planet Green

Shark Week tends to bring out mostly unwarranted fears about shark attacks, but actually sharks are the ones that should be scared … of humans. As a reminder, the Planet 100 show offers a list of the 5 most endangered shark species:

5. Basking shark
In at number five, the slow-moving and generally harmless basking shark gets its name from basking in shallow temperate waters to feed. Unfortunately its docile nature has been its downfall as it fast became a staple of the fishing industry. Its fins appear in shark fin soup and its cartilage is used in traditional Chinese medicine or as an aphrodisiac in Japan.

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10:03PM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

So horribly sad! We MUST save them or all species who live in the oceans will soon follow their extinction!

6:36PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

And aren't they ALL beautiful? I love sharks and they shouldn't be hunted. They get a bad rap. Thx for posting Megan!

11:39AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Why do we always have to interfere with animals who truly are the owner of the earth....

2:45AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

This is so horrible. They've been on our planet longer than humans and humans are now destroying it.

12:48AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

I love sharks. I wish more people would stop hating such amazing creatures.

12:34AM PDT on May 4, 2012

Sharks should never be killed. Save the sharks, save the oceans, save the planet, and you save mankind.

8:26PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Sharks always get a bad rap.

11:13AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

Educate not eliminate

2:29PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

this is very sad these beautiful sharks are not going to be around some day very sad.

4:58PM PST on Feb 8, 2012

All sharks are magnificent beings; so sleek and powerful. From the little coral cat sharks [due to their docility they often end up in the soup pot] to the Porsche of the oceans the mako; sharks are efficient and beautiful. Unfortunately we are not only overfishing but our pollution is affecting the phyto plankton which the whale shark and certain types of whales like the Great Blue feed on. Then there is the decline of the coral reefs which like the rainforests do so much to regulate not only air and water quality but help to regulate the quality of the environment overall. Kill the forests and the reefs and you basically not only murder the planet but yourself in the process.

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