09 Aug '12, 2pm

Seriously, you've got to be kidding!?! - Threatened shark species turning up in U.S. restaurants

Seriously, you've got to be kidding!?! - Threatened shark species turning up in U.S. restaurants

Threatened shark species are being used to make shark fin soup, a delicacy in Chinese cuisine, in several U.S. cities, according to an unprecedented study based on DNA testing. Thirty-three different species of sharks turned up in samples collected in 14 cities and analyzed at Stony Brook University's Institute for Ocean Conservation Science in New York . "U.S. consumers of shark fin soup cannot be certain of what's in their soup," said Demian Chapman , who co-led the DNA testing, in a statement Wednesday. "They could be eating a species that is in serious trouble." Scalloped hammerhead sharks, listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature , was among the species found on the menus of U.S. restaurants where shark fin soup can sell for as much as $100 per bowl. Others included smooth hammerheads, school sharks and spiny dogfish, all listed as vu...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/threaten...

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