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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World sharks are doomed. According to a study published this week in Marine Policy, our world is losing more than 100 million sharks every year. If significant efforts are not made to stop this decline, these incredible animals may soon be gone forever.
For Fernando Nhamussua living near the Mozambique coast, sharks are not something to be feared but an extremely profitable source of income. The 33 year old has sold 20 shark fins so far and even as the world contemplates ban of the illegal trade, Fernando’s basket is full of four dried shark fins.
In a building housing seafood suppliers in Kennedy Town in central Hong Kong thousands of shark fins were found laid down to dry. After receiving a tip from an unnamed person, photographer Gary Strokes clicked shocking pictures of the fins.