Wednesday, August 24, 2005

More and More Marine Animals are Close to Extinction


I read in the Washington Post today that more and more marine animals are becoming extinct. Apparently, animals such as the lemon shark, call the mangrove tree-lined coast as it's habitat, but lately, their habitat is being demolished to build plush resorts along the coast. Moreover, the over fishing and unsafe fishing practices of the fishermen, have caused what dozens of biologists believe is a "tipping point" for the ocean, with a lot of ocean-dwelling fish, birds, and mammals coming precariously close to extinction. For years, many scientists and regulators believed the oceans were so vast there was little risk of marine species dying out. In the past 300 years, researchers have documented the global extinction of just 21 marine species -- and 16 have occurred since 1972.

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