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Huge whale shark washes ashore in Pakistan

Discussion in 'Shark Forum!' started by Quero, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. Quero

    Quero Will be missed

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  2. beaverdivers

    beaverdivers ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Thanks for the post. To Quote the article:"There were people interested to buy the dead fish for a possible exhibition, minting money from the visitors. The bid surged to 1.7 million PKR and was later sold to a considerably lesser price by the Karachi Fish Harbour Authority, which triggered a controversy
    later in the day."

    A dead whale shark is worth $18,752.70 US dollars.

    What is the value of a live whale shark in Pakistan?
     
  3. beautybelow

    beautybelow Captain

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    what is the value of a live whale shark in the United States...call the Atlanta Aquarium and find out....
     
  4. ScubaSteve

    ScubaSteve Wow.....what a DB

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    The cynic in me asks "Or are they being killed somehow and "found dead" so that they can be sold?".
     
  5. beautybelow

    beautybelow Captain

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    How do you go about killing a whale shark and not leave considerable evidence?
     
  6. ScubaSteve

    ScubaSteve Wow.....what a DB

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    I cannot answer that. I have no idea what would kill the animal just as I do not know how involved the "inspection" is to claim no foul play (if any inspection). I may be off base in this case but I know that many people would rather the money than the living animal so my cynical senses got tweaked when I read that caption.
     
  7. WoodyLompoc

    WoodyLompoc Nassau Grouper

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  8. drrich2

    drrich2 Solo Diver

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    Majestic animal, even dead. Wonder what the actual cause of death was, and why it was purchased for $18,750? What was done with it to justify such a sum? I'm my understanding dead sharks don't 'keep' well, and it wouldn't be easy to toss a grown whale shark in the freezer!

    Richard.
     
  9. WoodyLompoc

    WoodyLompoc Nassau Grouper

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    I am thankful that I was lucky enough to swim with one,,, before they are all gone.
     
  10. nimoh

    nimoh Public Safety Diver

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    I wouldn't have thought it was legal to sell protected animals, no matter how they were captured.
     
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