Exclusive: The Cruel Reality of the Global Shark Fin Trade, in Pictures

Science / Endangered Species
January 17, 2012

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It’s a bloody scene as shark fins are separated from the carcasses in Manta, Ecuador.

Shark fin soup was once an Asian delicacy reserved for the wealthy but with a growing and more affluent middle class, it is now common fare at weddings, banquets and business meetings. This growing demand puts added pressure on an already vulnerable creature.