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.
(Sign this petition to stop shark finning.)