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$1M In Illegal Shark Fins Seized in Miami

$1M In Illegal Shark Fins Seized in Miami

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in January seized 1,400 pounds of shark fins worth nearly $1M that were hidden in 18 boxes in Miami Airport.  Federal officials believe the shipment originated in South America and was likely headed to Asia, where shark fins are in great demand for use in soup and traditional medicine, but they are still investigating.

Why This Matters:  Shark finning is banned in the U.S., but it is not illegal to buy and sell their fins here or even to sell the soup in restaurants in some states (it is banned in others).

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Major Shark Conservation Victory Celebrated With Remarkable Photos

Major Shark Conservation Victory Celebrated With Remarkable Photos

This week, the nations of the world gathered at the Conference of the Parties of the U.N. Convention on Trade in Endangered Species and took a major step forward in protecting 18 species of sharks and rays, including mako sharks, wedgefishes, and guitarfishes. 

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Deep Blue shark doo doo doo doo doo doo

Deep Blue shark doo doo doo doo doo doo

While in the U.S. 12 states have so far banned the sale of shark fins (while 5 federal bills have died in the House and Senate in the past 2 years), according to the Animal Welfare Institute, a Washington, D.C.–based nonprofit that updates its list of restaurants that serve shark fin soup and notifies the relevant state enforcement agencies– the bans haven’t stopped restaurants in at least 10 of the 12 states. Then in a bit of happy shark news, USA Today reported that a strikingly massive great white shark, one of the largest ever documented, was spotted by divers in Hawaii on Sunday as the apex predator feasted on a sperm whale carcass. The sighting of “Deep Blue” off Oahu was remarkable because the handful of previous sightings were documented 2,600 miles away at Guadalupe Island off Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.

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