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Shark aquarium opens in Hong Kong with conservation message

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 - 01:20

One of Asia's biggest shark exhibits opens at a Hong Kong theme park and offers a conservation message. Sasha Salama reports.

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At Ocean Park, the big marine theme park in Hong Kong, people are flocking to see a new exhibit called Shark Mystique. More than 100 sharks and sting rays are on display. The exhibit is intended to highlight conservation in Hong Kong, which is still the biggest trading hub for shark fins. People have sharply cut back on eating what was once a popular delicacy, shark fin soup, in an effort to preserve the species. In fact, several restaurants, airlines and even the Hong Kong government, have banned the soup from its menus. (SOUNDBITE) (English) 'OCEAN PARK' CHAIRMAN, ALLAN ZEMAN, SAYING: "The massive drop in consumption for shark's fin, both in Hong Kong and now in the region, China unfortunately is still the biggest consumer of shark's fin. And, you know, Hong Kong has dropped a lot, you know, and I think that we still have some people who still eat shark's fin in Hong Kong. And I think the goal is to eliminate, 100 percent, that shark's fin never existed." With more than seven million visitors a year, Ocean Park says it hopes Shark Mystique will not only introduce people to the behavior of sharks but also will get them to support biodiversity underwater.

Shark aquarium opens in Hong Kong with conservation message

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 - 01:20

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