An Alarming Reversal Of Fate

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Shark fins drying in the sun in Kaohsiung, Taiwan before processing. Thirty percent of the world’s shark species are threatened or near threatened with extinction.

Photo credit: Shawn Heinrichs for the Pew Environment Group

An Alarming Reversal Of Fate

Sharks are apex predators, known for their deadly pursuit of humans. Now, because of poaching, the species is widely hunted and those who once feared it have taken on the role of its protector. Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States talks about how finding a solution to the big problem of shark finning is drawing support from some of the smallest members of our community.

Scientists Offer New Hope for an Endangered Species: Amy Quinton of Capitol Public Radio in Sacramento, Calif., tells the story of inventive efforts to bring the white abalone back from the brink of extinction. The sea snail is rapidly disappearing from its native habitat in the coastal waters of Northern California. We find out why and what is being done to address the decline.

Music:“Kari” by Bob James & Earl Klugh; “Turtle Island” by Mike Oldfield

Sharks are apex predators, known for their deadly pursuit of humans. Now, because of poaching, the species is widely hunted and those who once feared it have taken on the role of its protector. Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States talks about how finding a solution to the big problem of shark finning is drawing support from some of the smallest members of our community.

Scientists Offer New Hope for an Endangered Species: Amy Quinton of Capitol Public Radio in Sacramento, Calif., tells the story of inventive efforts to bring the white abalone back from the brink of extinction. The sea snail is rapidly disappearing from its native habitat in the coastal waters of Northern California. We find out why and what is being done to address the decline.

Music:“Kari” by Bob James & Earl Klugh; “Turtle Island” by Mike Oldfield

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This is really alarming. The decrease in the number of sharks in our ocean will affect the balance in this ecosystem. - YOR Health Products

December 31, 2013 - 10:15pm