Basic Anatomy Defined

 

Fins:

 


Fins appear both singular and in pairs. In general the fins work together allowing the shark to maintain balance when swimming. They help to control speed, acceleration, breaking/slowing down, turning ability and tracking. They also help to prevent pitch, rolling and yaw.

*Finning is a process by which the fins are removed from the shark in order to sell to markets for Shark Fin Soup, a known delicacy.

The shark, usually alive after being finned, is then thrown back into the water and dies from trauma and drowning. It is a cruel practice which is leading to the decline of certain species of sharks and is banned in some countries, including the United States.