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In the Soup
Photograph by Paul Nicklen

Coveted by Asian chefs, the fins of these young blacktip reef sharks living in Nikumaroro's lagoon could someday end up in a bowl of shark-fin soup, a prized delicacy costing as much as $100 per serving in fancy Hong Kong restaurants. With patrons willing to pay such prices, commercial fishing operations increasingly are pursuing sharks in isolated areas such as the Phoenix Islands. Sharks play an important role in coral reef ecosystems like these, keeping coral-eating fish populations in check.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1V
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 17-35mm zoom
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/16
Weather Conditions: Sunny, clear
Time of Day: 10 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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