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