Game wardens find nearly 400 illegal shark fins at Texas seafood restaurant


what would you do if you were on a small boat and saw something like this, you probably wish you had a bigger boat? And that’s exactly what happened when two tourists were fishing off the coast of South Carolina and came face to face with this. A 30 foot long shark. Oh wow. Yeah. Oh man. So okay. So it was less jawbones and a little more Seaworld. That’s because the underwater giant wasn’t a great white shark, as they originally thought, a creature capable of leaping several feet out of water, but rather a basking shark that prefers to munch on plankton instead. than human flesh. Jack Spear, who was on the boat at the time, said he was swimming under their 23-foot-long boat and was easily four or five feet taller than the ship, adding that he didn’t wasn’t shy at all. He was circling the boat all the time, which he said made him nervous, but would have made him even more so if the shark had been a great white, yeah.

Game wardens find nearly 400 illegal shark fins at Texas seafood restaurant

A game warden and fellow K9 discovered nearly 381 whole shark fins and 29.2 pounds of frozen shark fins at a seafood restaurant in San Antonio, Texas. Kevin Winters, one of two Texas game wardens who discovered the illegal fins on April 13, told CNN the case has not yet been submitted to the district attorney’s office. The fins were all considered evidence, according to a Facebook post from Texas Game Wardens. , says Winters. He added that they were not able to identify the species of all sharks. “Some were already peeled, ready to be cooked for soup,” he said. shark — is illegal in the United States, and the sale of shark fins is illegal in Texas. The Texas ban was enacted after the state “became a hub for shark finning,” according to Oceana, a nonprofit marine conservation organization. Still, “the demand, the market and the trade is there,” Winters said. often expensive delicacy served in restaurants around the world. But the persistent hunting of sharks for their fins has led populations of some sharks to decline by up to 90%, according to a 2018 study in Marine Policy. This is the first known case of a shark fin in San Antonio, according to Winters. It’s quite significant that in a town an hour and a half or two hours from the coast, we still find “shark fins for sale”, he said. He said this type of bust “doesn’t happen often.” – although he once discovered an even larger cache of 861 fins in a store in Houston. Winters was aided in the inspection by fellow canine Bailey, who is trained to detect shark fins, the shells of sea ​​turtles, red snapper, dove and oysters. “Our sharks are apex predators. Our oceans need them,” Winters said. “If we start losing our fish and our large predators and so on, it can have a huge effect on human beings.” “It is imperative now that we have the opportunity to try to protect the resource as much as possible,” he said. added. “So we’re not talking about extinct sharks in 10 years.”

A game warden and fellow K9 discovered nearly 381 whole shark fins and 29.2 pounds of frozen shark fins at a seafood restaurant in San Antonio, Texas.

Kevin Winters, one of two Texas game wardens who discovered the illegal fins on April 13, told CNN the case had not yet been submitted to the district attorney’s office. The fins were all taken as evidence, according to a Texas Game Wardens Facebook Post.

Some of the fins came from blacktip sharks, which are found throughout the Gulf of Mexico, though it’s not clear whether the sharks are native to the Gulf, Winters says. He added that they were not able to identify the species of all sharks.

“Some were already peeled, ready to be cooked for soup,” he said.

Shark finning – the practice of removing shark fins at sea and discarding the rest of the shark – is illegal in the United States, and the sale of shark fins is illegal in Texas. The Texas ban was enacted after the state “became a hub for shark finning.” according to Oceana, a non-profit marine conservation organization.

Yet “the demand, market and trade of [fins] is there,” Winters said.

Shark fin soup is a traditional and often expensive delicacy served in restaurants around the world. But the persistent hunting of sharks for their fins has led populations of some sharks to decline by up to 90%, according to a 2018 study in Marine Policy.

This is the first known shark fin case in San Antonio, according to Winters.

“It’s quite significant that in a town an hour and a half or two hours from the coast, we still find ‘shark fins for sale,’ he said.

He said that kind of bust “doesn’t happen often” – although he once discovered an even larger cache of 861 fins in a store in Houston.

Winters was aided in the inspection by fellow canine Bailey, who is trained to detect shark fins, sea turtle shells, red snapper, dove and oysters.

“Our sharks are apex predators. Our oceans need them,” Winters said. “If we start losing our fish and our large predators and so on, it can have a huge effect on human beings.”

“It is imperative now that we have the opportunity to try to protect the resource as much as possible,” he added. “So we’re not talking about extinct sharks in 10 years.”

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