In Mexico, near Baja California they catch sharks and sell the meat in fish markets which then ends up in fish tacos!
Also one guy they interviewed in the tv special 'How Jaws changed the world' has caught sharks for their jawbones and teeth.
Seriously, that's just wrong! How he can do that with a straight face is beyond me.
If this guy wants to catch something for a living there's plenty of lobsters in Maine.
Sharks aren't the only ones being used for the wrong reasons. Elephants and Rhinos are wanted for their tusks and horns, in Taiji Japan dolphins are caught for their meat. Pythons, Tigers and other exotic animals are sold in various places as pets. Birds are caught live in South America as part of the pet trade. There's also a trend called dog flipping where pet dogs, often lost, stolen or acquired in other ways are then resold for profit!
The American Kennel Club reported a 70% increase in dog theft earlier this year.
Animal trafficking is a huge industry and makes more money than drug trafficking!
On a better note, there's laws in other countries about illegal import and export of animals and animal products including ivory.
People have also got arrested for stealing dogs including one man who posed as a trainer for 3 years and resold many of his clients pet dogs!
In Cambodia, a chef got busted for serving food with exotic animals on the menu!
Also, in England it is illegal to own big cats without a license.
There's people who are trying to stop the sale of dogs, horses and recently African lions for meat.
In California some fisherman hooked a large Mako shark, not intentionally. As it turns out California is a hub for them in the spring, the fisherman donated the shark's body for research.
The number of great whites in California has gone up since they've been protected by the state since 1991.
Two places where it's thought they have pups is Hawaii and the Sea of Cortez right off of Baja California. In Hawaii they're protected much like other places in the U.S. however strict laws would need to be put in place in Baja to keep the breeding population going.
Also after 30 years, great whites are back in Martha's Vineyard on the east coast!
I love animals and seriously catching them 'for sport' or selling them to make a fast buck is wrong on so many levels.
Animals are intelligent, they also think and have feelings. I know this not only from news articles but also personal experience.
It was announced in Hawaii they are planning to do a research program focused on Tiger sharks.
Also, shark week on Discovery channel got a lot of press this year and was a big subject on twitter!
I think I heard about that. That's great. In the Farallon Islands 30 miles from San Francisco they tag great whites in the fall and give them nicknames. Many of the sharks they identify by their appearance and it turns out they have different personalities.
Interesting, I'll check that out. One Farallon shark named Tom Johnson was reported to be the oldest great white around. Back east, a female named Large Marge was tracked for 3 hours, if I'm not mistaken at the time she was 40 years old! She mostly spent her time in New Orleans. Other Farallon sharks I've seen in the special 'Great White highway' include Mr. Burns, Scargirl and Flat-top.
Sharks have been found swimming under the Santa Monica pier and near the beach.
Like Stumpy, Scargirl hasn't been seen for a while though the signal from her tag was picked up in Hawaii in 2009.