whale shark
by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes, Video.
Photo: Flickr/brian.gratwicke

About ten days ago, an unconscious whale shark was seen in the Arabian sea. The animal then died and, with the use of multiple cranes, was brought to shore by fisherman.

The enormous creature, reported to be about 40 feet in length and 6 feet wide, brought in quite a crowd who gathered at the pier to see the carcass.

It was then sold for its meat and oil for 1.7 million rupees, or approximately $19,000.

The 60 million year old species has a lifespan of 70 years and can be found in tropical waters. They are filter feeders and live largely on plankton, although they have also been seen eating small schools of fish.

While the sharks are considered vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, they are still hunted in parts of Asia. Thankfully, this one died a natural death.

See the video below and click over to Huffington Post for images.

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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