Even though it is illegal in most countries, shark fin soup can easily cost upwards of $100 per bowl. In some cultures the fin is said to have many health benefits like boosting sexual potency, enhancing skin quality, increasing one’s qi or energy, preventing heart disease, and lowering cholesterol. For this reason the number of sharks who are killed for their fins around the world is staggering.
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Beaches in Palm Beach, Florida, were temporarily closed earlier this week after thousands of sharks were spotted swimming near the shore.
How cute is the Bronx Zoo’s newest resident – an adorable white-cheeked gibbon?
Polar bears Noel and Ivan were photographed exploring their new enclosure at the Copenhagen Zoo. Set to open to the public on 5th February, the new facility was a gift from shipowner A.P. Moeller and wife Chastine Mc-Kinney, presidents of Moeller’s Foundation.
What are friends for if not to keep you warm on a cold day? Two adorable chimpanzees were photographed doing just that at the Qingdao Zoo on January 3, 2013 in Qingdao, Shandong Province of China.