Hong Kong Rooftop Filled with Shark Fins

Written by on January 3, 2013 in Marine Life, Sharks

Photographers recently captured photos of thousands of shark fins drying on rooftops in Hong Kong.

On January 2, about 18 thousand shark fins were spotted on the roof of a factory building in Hong Kong. The fins—previously left to dry on sidewalks in the public view—have been moved to rooftops where they can’t be seen as easily.

Even though local sales of shark fins have fallen in recent years, Hong Kong is still home to one of the world’s largest shark fin markets.

To learn more:

Shark fins for sale at a market.

Shark fins for sale at a market. Photo credit1: zh1yong via photopin cc

Copyright © 2013 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. 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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  1. MRScuba says:

    I ca not believe that in the world we live in today these poor creatures are being slaughtered by the millions for fins that have hardly any nutritional value and may in fact be toxic by mercury. It is definitely a puzzling phenomenon.

  2. Emily says:

    Definitely puzzling. Hopefully the public continues to put pressure on those in charge so this awful, unsustainable practice finally ends.