An Ocean That’s No Longer Wild

by Lonny Lippsett   Photography by Nuno Sa

Whale Shark

Like most fathers, Simon Thorrold plays tag with his young daughter. But Thorrold, a biologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, also plays tag with 30-foot-long whale sharks, like this one looking straight at you.

Give us a brief status report on sharks in the ocean:

There are about 500 species of sharks in the world’s oceans, and a number of them are in trouble, for many reasons, but the main reason is the increased demand for sharkfin soup in Asia.

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