Massive whale shark lashed to truck


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Darn. I got to swim next to a couple of these… they are beautiful, peaceful creatures. Their spots glimmer like silver coins under the water.


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The tail’s sitting on the exposed engine’s moving parts… The truck itself looks like one hell of a story.

It’s terrible to kill a whale shark. :confused:


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Christ - what an asshole.


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A giant peaceful plankton feeder.


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I wouldn’t be against this if it was killed quickly and if whale sharks weren’t vulnerable. I doubt it was killed quickly, though. Even if it was, IUCN says it’s vulnerable.

At least the whole thing was taken, I guess. I don’t know if whale sharks are commonly finned and tossed back like other shark species are. That shit’s unconscionable.


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Caravanry


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It’s urethane foam, right? Please tell me that’s a prop.


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That looks considerably longer than 16 ft to me. Assuming the upright post of the truck cab to measure about 1.3 m, I traced along the shark’s midline using Meander, and get an overall length about 7 m, or about 23 ft. Perfectly correct to describe it as ‘massive’—yet, it’s actually on the small side for an adult whale shark—they average closer to 10 m. Astonishing animals.


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They’re sometimes called Iron Buffaloes in English, since they’ve basically replaced a water buffalo with a small motor to pull the cart.


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Fuck humans. Look at us…


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Wait. A guy caught a 2 ton fish in his net, which he retrieved somehow and threw on top of a ‘truck’? The linked ABC article says nothing more than that. This is called “What a great photo! Let’s invent a story for it and profit from it’s properties as click-bait.”


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I see a coffee-table book full of captured ‘stupid humans’ moments. It’ll sell like crazy. You in? We could follow it up with a polyester-bound tome itemizing the rich history of ‘failure to follow through with the Promise of a Bright New Tomorrow.’


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Slightly better article here:
Endangered whale shark caught by Chinese fishermen - Asia - World - The Independent


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