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Forty-foot whale shark will not fit in man’s freezer, I’m guessing

Feb 8, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

Pakistani fishermen use cranes to pull t Getty Images

Yep it’s real, and it’s spectacular. A 40-foot whale shark washed ashore near Karachi, Pakistan recently, and it took three cranes to haul it in, according to the Express Tribune, a Pakistani newspaper. No, it wasn’t caught by fishermen or harpooners … it was already dead when spotted floating about 90 miles offshore last week. As it started slowly floating toward land, the bidding started: and a fishery bought it for 1.7 million rupees ($18,750). Bought it from whom, I’m not sure (picture Aquaman counting money).

Fun facts about whale sharks: This one weighs more than 20 tons … the largest confirmed whale shark was 41.50 feet … filter feeders, they enjoy plankton and small fish … they originated about 60 million years ago … they are worshiped in Vietnamese culture, where the whale shark is called “Ca Ong” (“Sir Fish”).

  1. bobwsc - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    bought it for what purpose – filet-o-fish sandwiches?