Investigation Reveals World’s Largest Shark Slaughterhouse

Written by on January 29, 2014 in Other News

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Morgan. Photo credit: Keetorca, CC BY-SA 3.0.

An update on Morgan
When Morgan the orca’s case was finally heard in front of the Dutch High Court on December 3, 2013, she had already spent 34,499 hours in captivity. Morgan was found sick and underweight in June 2010 and she was captured by a dolphinarium for rehabilitation. After she recovered, however, the dolphinarium did not release her and activists have been trying to secure her release ever since. In December 2012 she was relocated to another park. Judges then reviewed her transfer and the legality of her captivity. A verdict was supposed to be announced on January 15, but it has been postponed to February 19.

Olympia oysters.

Olympia oysters. Photo credit: NOAA.

New studies needed to predict how marine organisms may adapt to the future’s acidic oceans
By now, researchers know that corals, coccolithophors and many shelled organisms will have a hard time in the increasingly acidic oceans. Most studies focus on how these organisms will react, but few discuss how they will adapt to ocean acidification. An international team of scientists is calling for more studies focused long-term changes. In a new article, the team explains that current studies only tell us how these organisms will react in the short term or if the oceans change instantaneously to conditions predicted for the end of the century. They say those studies aren’t enough to give us a good picture of what the ocean will look like in the future. Instead, we need to know if and how organisms will be able to adapt to ocean acidification.

Dried shark fins for sale in Hong Kong.

Dried shark fins for sale in Hong Kong. Photo credit: mario_ruckh via photopin cc.

Biggest ever whale shark slaughterhouse uncovered in southeastern China
Environmental activists have found “the world’s largest slaughtering facility for whale sharks,” which provides endangered shark meat and oil for soup, health supplements and beauty products. A four-year-long investigation by Hong Kong’s WildLifeRisk revealed that the factory kills more than 600 endangered whale sharks a year, in addition to at least two other endangered shark species. Some of the meat was shipped to Chinese restaurants in France and Italy and some of the liver oil was exported to the United States and Canada as fish oil. The whale sharks that end up in the factory are being caught during their migration through the South China Sea. For more information and disturbing photos, check out this article: Whale Shark Slaughterhouse Found In China.

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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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