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Fishermen reel in shark the size of a school bus

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posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 07:55 PM
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MSNBC


By David R Arnott, msnbc.com
Fishermen in the Pakistani port of Karachi got more than they bargained for Tuesday as they reeled in one of the biggest fish in the sea: a whale shark.
The Express Tribune, a Pakistani newspaper, reported that the 40-foot fish was first spotted ten days ago in seas about 150 km (93 miles) from the city. Mehmood Khan, the owner of a local fishery, said the shark was unconscious at that time and other reports said that it was found dead Tuesday.
A large crowd gathered as a succession of cranes were brought in to lift the shark on to the pier. After several hours and a number of failed attempts, the leviathan was finally brought ashore and promptly sold for 1.7m Rupees ($18,750).
The whale shark was added to the World Conservation Union's list of threatened species in 2008.


Thankfully the shark died of natural causes before being reeling in, so they didn't kill it.

Sad.

Such a beautiful creature.

Most of the world is covered in water where sharks are king, we are in such a small part of it.

We have such hubris.

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posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 07:57 PM
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It's a whale shark......
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posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 08:00 PM
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Feel kinda bad for the poor fellow myself.
That's one big bowl of fin soup!



posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 08:04 PM
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Originally posted by LongbottomLeaf
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It's a whale shark......


Yes, I grew up on Jacques Cousteau, and used to watch every shark week.

Also I grew up watching Nova and all the PBS shows every week. As and adult and Nat Geo, History, Discovery and Animal Planet was my favorite channels... I don't watch TV anymore. It's sad how those great networks are now reality show crap most of the time.

The classroom is not the only place education is being destroyed.
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posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 08:09 PM
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Poor whale shark. At least they didn't kill it as stated above.

Show me a captured Megladon and then I'll be impressed.

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posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 08:12 PM
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That is a huge Whale Shark!
Aside from the fact that they are the biggest fish in the sea, thats a whopper!

I wonder how old it was, has to be at least 30 years old, could be 100 years old.

I found a pic of one, gaping mouth!


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posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 08:14 PM
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That's an awesome whale shark!!!

Put it back.



posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 08:18 PM
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Catch and release.
2nd.



posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 08:19 PM
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Originally posted by FugitiveSoul
That's an awesome whale shark!!!

Put it back.



I wish they could...

The news article says it was found dead.

The news article points out it is a whale shark, not sure how I created confusion on that point...

ETA, highlighted those points in red, for those who don't like to read the article.
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posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 08:25 PM
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Hopefully since he was already passed away, they will find out some
amazing things about these creatures.

Poor thing, dont want it floating out there just rotting.



posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 08:26 PM
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Fishermen in the Pakistani port of Karachi got more than they bargained for Tuesday as they reeled in one

How did they get more then
they bargained for when the
whale shark was seen dead 10 days
ago and these guys knew they were
pulling in a big dead whale shark?

Not like they were fishing and caught it.

Still not the best way I would like to see this
thing, but does put things in prospective.



posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 08:30 PM
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I was reading about this, just 10 minutes ago!

Apparently, they used 2 cranes, but needed an extra crane to finally get it up & out.




posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 08:31 PM
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Awesome! Here's a scale of a megalodon to a CITY bus.




There still has to be one down there, somewhere...



posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 08:31 PM
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To think that something that big basically filters the seawater for its
source of food is amazing!

Its actually close in size to beating the known record.



posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 08:52 PM
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Originally posted by pianopraze

By David R Arnott, msnbc.com
Mehmood Khan, the owner of a local fishery, said the shark was unconscious at that time and other reports said that it was found dead Tuesday.
A large crowd gathered as a succession of cranes were brought in to lift the shark on to the pier. After several hours and a number of failed attempts, the leviathan was finally brought ashore and promptly sold for 1.7m Rupees ($18,750).
.




Huh, the shark was unconscious? Is some trying to sell this bahemoth as fresh? Yuck!



posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 08:53 PM
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Someone paid US $18,000 for a dead/rotting whale shark? What for, I wonder?

I mean it was "found dead" so its not for food, or is it...

going into USA McDonald's Filet-O-Fish??



posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 08:55 PM
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National Institute of Oceanography’s biologist Dr Hina Baig said that the whale-shark must have
lost its way and become stuck in the shallow waters.

“Whales use eco-sounds to find their way in water and if a large ship comes in the
way, they get disoriented


tribune.com.pk...

Guess he might have been lost, or was hanging with the others in the area.
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posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 09:05 PM
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posted on Feb, 7 2012 @ 09:10 PM
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Its a pity it wasnt still alive when it was brought in to port ,they might have asked it to clean up the water surrounding that pier.



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