1. Endangered

    100 Million Sharks Killed Annually

    Shark fins drying in the sun cover the roof of a factory building in Hong Kong on January 2, 2013. Environmentalists and other concerned groups have raised concerns that the over-harvesting of fins is causing an enviormental calamity.  Hong Kong is one of the world's biggest markets for shark fins, which are used to make soup that is an expensive staple at Chinese banquets.      AFP PHOTO / Antony DICKSON        (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/Getty Images)

    Drying shark fins in Hong Kong in on Jan. 2. (Antony Dickson/AFP/Getty)

    We may be obsessed with shows about sharks hurting us, but, really, it’s we humans who are hurting sharks. According to a new report in the journal Marine Policy, a staggering 100 million sharks are being killed by humans each year. The main reason? The demand for shark-fin soup in China. Researchers say the rate of killing endangers the fish, especially because they reproduce later in life. “They are not reproducing fast enough to keep up with the rate we are pulling them out of the ocean,” one researcher said. 

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