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Study Says 100 Million Sharks Are Killed Each Year

March 4, 2013
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An estimated 100 million sharks are killed each year, putting them in danger of extinction. A main cause is the demand for sharp-fin soup.

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No Catch for Students in Shark Tagging Research

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AP (Aug. 16, 2013) — Sharks, mostly harmless to humans, are abundant in the waters off Florida, but not on this day at this spot off the Keys. About a dozen high school students were prepared to help scientists capture, test and tag sharks so they can be tracked.
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AP (Sep. 18, 2012) — A crew of researchers and fishermen are tagging great white sharks off Cape Cod in a unique way. The real-time satellite tag tracks the shark each time its dorsal fin breaks the surface, plotting its location on an online map.
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Reuters (Sep. 12, 2013) — Health officials warn swimmers, surfers and snorkelers to stay out of the waters near Honolulu after a leak of 1,400 tons of molasses killed hundreds of fish, potentially attracting sharks. Katharine Jackson reports.
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