Sharks have lived in the oceans for 400 million years and since they are at the top of the food chain, they have shaped the evolution of pretty much everything else that lives in the sea. It means that anything that puts sharks at risk could have profound effects on the ecosystem of the oceans.
Right now, sharks are in trouble and it’s mostly because of soup.
Sharks will never be mistaken for big-eyed baby seals or even friendly dolphins, so there’s been no public outrage about what surely constitutes a worldwide slaughter — about 100 million sharks a year are killed by humans. Shark populations have declined by 70 to 90-percent worldwide, depending on the species.
The techniques of the slaughter are the unkindest cut of all. Sharks are hauled onto boats, their fins are cut off with knives or saws and then the still-living shark is dumped back into the ocean, unable to swim. They sink to the bottom and bleed to death.
The lengthiest string of characters matching a passage from a Shakespeare work, according to the Monkey Shakespeare Simulator Project, which began in July 2003.
The string, which was generated in “January 2005, after 2,737,850 million billion billion billion monkey-years of random typing,” matched 24 characters (including spaces) in this passage from Henry IV, Pt. 2:
RUMOUR. Open your ears; for which of you will stop
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