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Know your shark fins! When people see a large dorsal fin cutting through the water, most of the public assumes that it is a great white shark. But in Massachusetts, the vast majority of the time that fin actually belongs to a harmless basking shark!

We found some helpful videos that can help you differentiate between those fins. Take a look.

California Governor Brown signed a landmark bill banning the sale and trade of shark fins in California.

(Freediver William Winram, Reaching out to Tiger Shark; Photo by Fred Buyle)

Sharks have swum in our oceans for over 400 million years – since before the time of dinosaurs – yet globally, but many species are at risk of vanishing due to extreme fishing pressure, driven by demand for shark fins.  Read more in NRDC’s Switchboard blog.

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Dan Rather goes after the shark finning industry for HDNet and Bliptv. His voice cracks and wavers…

Major warning: the video shows absolute horror, especially at the 4:50 mark. (Sorry everyone, this is just one of those things that really, really needs to be stopped. Choose your petition, here.)

“Hundreds of newly unloaded shark fins drying in a public street, Hong Kong. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, 74 shark species are listed as at high risk of extinction.” Guardian

Shark fin soup is around $200 per serving, and the business kills 100 million sharks per year. Because it is not economically viable for fisherman to keep the whole shark, they just slice the fin off and throw the shark back into the ocean. Unable to swim, the shark sinks slowly to the bottom of the sea to die a slow death. This is really disturbing. -Source

“A Hong Kong-based conservation group claims a Zhejiang company is running the world’s largest shark abattoir, processing hundreds of endangered specimens a year to produce health supplements and meat for restaurants.

The factory on the southeastern coast of the province processes more than 600 endangered whale sharks a year, as well as dealing in two other threatened species of shark, according to a four-year investigation by the marine conservation group WildLifeRisk.

"We went there three times in the past three years and each time the scale of the slaughter was truly staggering,” directors Paul Hilton and Alex Hofford wrote in a report. “It’s even more incredible that this carnage is all for the sake of non-essential lifestyle props, such as lipsticks, face creams, health supplements and shark’s fin soup.”

Hilton said WildLifeRisk was tipped off about the factory by a local wildlife conservation group in 2010.“

(via Zhejiang firm the world’s largest shark abattoir, says WildLifeRisk | South China Morning Post)
Ban the Trade of Shark Fins in the U.S.
Sharks keep our oceans healthy and our existence depends on theirs. Despite this, between 26 million and 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins, and they are now facing human-driven extinction. We are at risk of losing a species that helps balance entire ecosystems in the world's oceans. The sale, trade, distribution, and possession of shark fins remain legal in most parts of the U.S.