Kōrero: 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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Photograph by Shelley Clarke

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Gerard Hutching, 'Sharks and rays - Sharks under siege', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/5340/shark-fins (accessed 18 May 2022)

He kōrero nā Gerard Hutching, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006