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Photo of the Week (1/11/10)

 

Deadly Delicacy
Shark Fins
Jessica King/Marine Photobank
Millions of shark fins are sold each year to make shark find soup, a Chinese delicacy. Proving from which sharks they came has been difficult for those monitoring illegal trade of endangered species. However, recently researchers at Nova Southeastern University in Florida have been able to use DNA taken from fins from a Hong Kong market to trace the not just the species but the geographical location of endangered scalloped hammerheads. This is one of eight shark species being considered for trade protection under the Convention for International Trade of Endangered Species this March. Read the study >>

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