Shark Massacre in Colombia

Written by on October 19, 2011 in Marine Life

Emily Tripp
Marine Science Today Senior Writer

Environmentalists have just discovered a massacre of hammerhead, whale and Galapagos sharks in a Colombian Sanctuary.  This horrible news comes just days after a bill signed in California completed the ban on the trade of shark fins for the entire West Coast.

On October 7, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill banning the trade of shark fins.  Similar legislation had already been passed in Washington, Oregon and Hawaii, protecting the entire coast.  However, today, Colombian authorities have reported that as many as 2000 sharks have been slaughtered in the Pacific waters of Colombia.  They also included that divers saw ten Costa Rican trawlers illegally entering the Malpelo Wildlife Sanctuary, and then found the bodies of fin-less sharks littering the ocean floor.

Learn more about the bill signed in California and the recent massacre from Oceana’s Blog.


Hammerhead shark

Hammerhead shark

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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