August 13, 2012 11:15 am
Endangered scalloped hammerhead, anyone? Americans who eat shark fin soup know they’re eating shark, but they may be inadvertently dining on globally endangered species, a new study supported by the Pew Environment Group found.
The researchers took samples from soup served in 14 U.S. cities to genetically identify which species restaurant-goers were slurping up. In every single city’s offerings, they found at-risk species, including the scalloped hammerhead which is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as endangered.
Shark attack survivors who are advocating for a ban on shark fin soup helped collect the samples. They will be appearing Wednesday, August 15, at 9 pm EDT on Discovery’s “Shark Fight” to discuss the study’s implications about the precarious state of the world’s shark populations.
Here’s a video of shark fishing from a blimp, back from 1934 when waters were more plentiful:
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