Debbie Salamone makes an unlikely spokesperson for sharks. In 2004, Salamone, then an investigative journalist for the Orlando Sentinel, was swimming off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Fla., when a shark bit her foot, severing her Achilles tendon. It took her weeks to recover and months for the wound to fully heal, but in the years since the attack she’s become sharks’ ultimate champion, rallying dozens of fellow survivors in an effort to save the threatened predators.
Salamone joined the Pew Environment Group and scientists at Stony Brook University to conduct the nation’s first large-scale sampling of shark-fin soup, discovering that not only did those who consumed the Chinese delicacy in the U.S. often have no clue what kind of shark they were eating, but that they were — at an alarming rate — often eating endangered animals.
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