Chinese Fisherman Catches Rare Whale Shark

A Chinese fisherman caught a massive 2-ton whale shark in the waters off Fujian province. In the rest of the world it  is illegal to catch and sell whale sharks. The 2-ton shark was transported to market through the streets of Xiaozhi and caused a bit of a stir in China, where the whale shark is endangered. According to local media reports, the captain of the boat, Capt. Cai Chengzhu claims his fresh catch was an accident, and that the giant shark became stuck in his net and died while the crew was trying to free it.

Chengzhu said “It’s believed that the giant creature broke the net and got inside to eat the fish we caught.” He was hoping to get between 10,000 and 20,000 yuan for his fishy freight, carrying it atop a small truck to market, before he was stopped by Fujian fishery officials. Some critics quickly cast doubt on Chengzhu’s fish tale because Whale sharks are known as filter feeders and would not normally break into a fisherman’s net to eat fish.