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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Shark finning

Level: Advanced / C1

This week is Shark Week!
Read this article about shark finning and answer the following questions:
1) How much can shark fins sell for?
2) True or false: shark fins are very nutritious
3) Why is demand for shark fins growing in China?
4) According to this article, how many sharks are killed by finning each year?
5) Why do sharks reproduce and mature so slowly?

Answers below!


1) $300 per pound
2) False
3) With China's economy growing, more people can afford this luxury symbol
4) 88-100 million
5) Because they are at the top of their food chain and have few predators

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