Saturday, December 14, 2013

Shark Products Available on Amazon.com

If our blog statistics are to be believed, most of the people reading this sentence are from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, and Germany, in that order.  Most shark conservation organizations focus their blame on the rising middle class in China, but did you that mako, dogfish, and thresher sharks are sold as fish & chips and filets?  And did you know that there are many products available to you that are made from shark?  A quick search of Amazon.com discovered these items:
Shark fin soup
Shark soup is clearly one of the drivers of shark mortality.  A 2006 study estimated that between 26-73 million sharks were killed each year to supply the shark fin trade in Hong Kong.  While shark fin soup is very popular in Asia, it is also available in your country.  It is served at your local Chinese restaurant, and you can have it delivered to your door.

Sharkskin Wasabi Grater
Do you like eating sushi?  The best wasabi graters are made with sharkskin.  Chances are your local restaurant is using something squeezed out of a tube, but you might want to check.

Squalene pills
Squalene pills are made from processed shark livers.  The makers claim they have some kind of health benefit.  Squalene can also be made from olives.  One wonders why you would use shark livers when you can use olives?

Squalane skin oil
Squalene is used to make squalane, which is used in cosmetics, especially in Japan.

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