man standing in in the market by the fish counter holding a fish in one hand and a knife in the other

Shark meat is a global phenomenon—but not everyone knows they’re eating it

Sharks have turned up as “mystery meat” in Brazil, in some pet food in the U.S., and at some fish-and-chip shops in the U.K. and Australia.

Shark meat is often for sale at fish markets in the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo. At one stall in the city of Aracruz, vendor Robson da Vitoria Rodrigues prepares a Caribbean sharpnose shark for his customers. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the species as globally vulnerable.

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