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Shark Species Thought to Be Extinct Found in Fish Market [Slide Show]

After more than a century, the smoothtooth blacktip shark has been rediscovered

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RAYS:

Many ray species are also for sale in fish markets. Although they receive less attention from conservation activists, rays face threats similar to those of their close relatives, the sharks.....[ More ]

HAMMERHEADS:

The catch here includes several hammerhead sharks. Several species of hammerhead sharks have suffered dramatic and rapid population declines due to overfishing.....[ More ]

WHAT REMAINS:

What the body of a shark looks like after the fins have been removed. If this process occurs at sea (which includes dumping the often still-living finless shark back into the ocean where it will drown), it is called "finning," a controversial fishing practice that is illegal in much of the developed world.....[ More ]

FINS TO THE LEFT, FINS TO THE RIGHT:

The fins of captured sharks have been removed and are for sale separate from the meat. These fins are used to make a popular—and controversial—dish in traditional Chinese culture called shark fin soup.....[ More ]

LARGE SHARKS:

Many large sharks lined up for sale in a United Arab Emirates fish market.....[ More ]

DENTAL EXAM:

Julia Spaet examines the dentition patterns of a large shark for sale at a market in Saudi Arabia. Tooth shape can be a defining characteristic between similar looking species of sharks.....[ More ]

SMALL SHARKS:

Rima Jabado examines juvenile and young-of-the-year sharks at a fish market in the United Arab Emirates. Many species of sharks utilize shallow coastal habitats—which can be heavily fished—as a nursery area during their first few years of life.....[ More ]

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