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Extinct shark found in Kuwait fish market

Extinct Shark Found In Kuwait Fish Market

A shark species previously thought to have been extinct was reportedly found in a fish market in the Middle East.

This is the smoothtooth blacktip shark, and the last time anyone ever reported seeing one was was in 1902 in Yemen. Scientists eventually labeled it extinct, or vulnerable to extinction in the 1980's.

Then in 2008, the Shark Conservation Society took a trip to a fish market in Kuwait. They were looking at sharks and noticed one looked 'very similar, but different, to a couple of other species.' So of course they decided to investigate.

Further analysis confirmed it was in fact the smoothtooth blacktip shark.

But there's more: Recent studies of Middle Eastern fish markets also counted as many as 47 more have been spotted.

Now this doesn't mean the species is necessarily thriving, but it does mean scientists have a greater chances at learning more about the shark and possibly even ways to save the species.

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hi newpatch1951 January 15 2014 at 9:30 AM

Nothing good about any animal becoming extinct,but thats the role of nature.Everything goes down that road and man will face that sooner or later.It maybe sooner if we keep going on the way we conduct ourselves.

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Dick January 15 2014 at 8:52 AM

how apropo..to find this extinct fish in a land where everyone looks and acts extinct

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Richie Dick January 15 2014 at 9:13 AM

Have you paid attention to the nightly U.S. news? If so we're not too far behind and look at how much our society has "evolved".

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borisiak January 15 2014 at 9:48 AM

Would it have hurt to show a picture of the actual species of shark?

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jcpassmorejr January 15 2014 at 9:01 AM

What about sasquatch?

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jms150766 January 15 2014 at 10:22 AM

Great news if the sharks were not dead and in a fish market. If they weren't extinct, indiscriminate fishing will accomplish that very soon.

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prawn259 January 15 2014 at 8:49 AM

five years ago?

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sexyfem647 January 15 2014 at 9:58 AM

Great I hate the word when it comes to our wildlife in the air , on land and in the sea Extinct so even if it is a shark it is wonderful to hear that it is not Extinct!!!

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fritz4bass January 15 2014 at 10:18 AM

Smoothtooth Blacktip shark extinct: apparently not!

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Sylvan January 15 2014 at 8:51 AM

The reason creatures become extinct is simple

They taste great

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gp341 Sylvan January 15 2014 at 8:56 AM

Another way is to have them spayed or neutered, like republicans.

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jarjax1632b gp341 January 15 2014 at 9:05 AM

You need republicans to reproduce so that someone can pay for your welfare check every month.

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kemahdude Sylvan January 15 2014 at 8:57 AM

... Less Filling!

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metvelle January 15 2014 at 9:12 AM

extinct shark found in 2008 in kuwait, yet new news in 2014? slow day at huffpost?

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jwallstrom metvelle January 15 2014 at 9:29 AM

This was not from HP, thankfully. Good riddance to Huff post.

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