7-Ton Whale Shark Emerges from Sea

Like something out a Jules Vern novel, a 10 meter long whale shark — the world’s largest fish — emerged from the sea just off the Pakistani coast yesterday.  The enormous whale shark unfortunately was dead when it washed up to shore. It took two cranes and four hours to pull the slippery beast from the water on to a jetty. An enterprising Pakastani bought the fish (from whom I wonder?) for over 1.7 million rupees ($18,758) with plans to put it on display and charge admission.

After looking at the pictures of this particular whale shark and how dwarfed the human onlookers appear to be in comparison, it is difficult to imagine that this 10 meter shark is of moderate size as far as whale sharks go. Scientists believe this fish can grow up to 20 meters – double the size of the Pakastani specimen!

The whale shark has no known predators other than man (although, one could argue that having man prey on you is more than enough). Like the blue whale, they are gentle sea giants feeding on plankton, crustaceans, schooling fish and squid.

This fishy giant of the sea is listed on the World Conservation Union’s Red List of Threatened Animals as “indeterminate” status. This category applies to species known to be endangered, vulnerable or rare, but currently lacking enough available information to appropriately place it into one of these three categories.

Even though whale sharks may seem exotic and so far away, here are two ways you can act to lend a protecting hand to these gentle giants:

Sign these Care2 petitions for whales.

Also read this Action Alert that links canned tuna to whale sharks.

Photo: Wiki Commons (the live shark featured in the above photo is not the shark featured in this story)

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138 comments

Jav R.
Jav R.2 years ago

Impresionante.

Diane L.
Diane L.3 years ago

Sierra, did you happen to notice the date of this article? It was almost a year ago. You obviously didn't bother reading it, either. This was NOT a whale, but a whale SHARK which is a FISH and as far as I've read, not a food species for people. It washed up quite DEAD on the beach. Since a necropsy was not done, there is no way of knowing what the shark died from and it would certainly not have been a source of food for humans.

Sierra Gamber
Sierra Gamber3 years ago

wow how horrible for people to make a profit over ANYTHING. let the whale be a food source for THOUSANDS for the month it would take for it to rot. humans are selfish and horrible creatures

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thanks for the info!!

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago

BEYOND AWESOME CREATURES!!!

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.3 years ago

wow

Heather M
Heather Marv3 years ago

Wow. Amazingly beautiful. Their Creator, our Creator, did an incredible job. They do so much good in the Oceans and should be protected.

Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege3 years ago

Too bad it was dead. It's beauttiful but even more beautiful when it's alive.

Donna B.
Donna B.3 years ago

Wow. Huge. Too bad it was dead. I wonder why. And WHO sold it?

aj E.
aj E.3 years ago

thanks.