About 2,000 sharks appear to have been slaughtered for their fins in a Pacific Ocean marine sanctuary off Colombia, the Guardian newspaper reports.
Hammerhead, Galápagos and whale sharks were among the carcasses research divers found in the waters of the Malpelo preserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site, about 300 miles off Colombia.
"When the divers dove, they started finding a large number of animals without their fins. They didn't see any alive," said Sandra Bessudo, a marine biologist. Video shot by one diver shows the bodies of dead sharks on the ocean floor.