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An Oceanic Whitetip Shark and Marine Biologist swim in the clear, open waters of the Bahamas. This species of shark was once the ‘most abundant large animal on Earth,’ but today is on the verge of extinction. In the years between 1995 and 2010 alone, their numbers declined 93% due to anthropogenic hunting of their fins. These fins are often eaten by humans in the form of shark fin soup. The Bahamas remain one of the few places on earth where these animals can still be found.
Check out the August 2016 issue of National Geographic Magazine (@) to learn more about these incredible pelagic ocean animals.