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Predator and Prey
Sandtiger shark displacing school of bait fish as it gracefully cruises the middle of the water column
Brandon Puckett/Marine Photobank
Although sharks are a top predator in the ocean, many shark populations are in dramatic decline because they are pursued for their fins, used in shark fin soup. About 73 million sharks are killed annually solely for their fins to supply the sky-rocketing demand in China. In 2008, more than 22,046,226 pounds (10,000,000 kilograms) of shark fins were imported into Hong Kong, the largest market for fins in the world. In addition to being overfished, sharks are also being captured accidently, or as bycatch. Because of their low reproductive rates, any recovery of shark populations would be slow.

Read more about what one conservationist is doing to stop shark finning in Randall Arauz's Ocean Voice >>

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