Story: Sharks and rays

Shark fins

Shark fins

Shark fins are valued in Asia, where they are considered to have medicinal and aphrodisiac properties. Often when sharks are caught out at sea their fins are removed and the carcasses thrown back, making room on board for more of the valuable fins. This wasteful practice has been blamed for the steep decline in some endangered shark species.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Sharks and rays - Sharks under siege', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006