Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Giant Whale Sharks Stranded in Pakistan

Residents gather as a whale …

Residents gather as a whale shark is pulled from the water by cranes after it was found dead at Karachi's fish harbor February 7, 2012. A giant whale shark washed ashore near Karachi fisheries harbor on Tuesday and was sold for 1.7 million PKR ($18,758), local media reported. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro (PAKISTAN - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY BUSINESS)

Staff of Karachi fisheries …
Staff of Karachi fisheries lift a carcass of whale shark in Karachi, Pakistan on Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012. The 40-feet whale was found dead near Karachi in the Arabian Sea. (AP Photo)

People surround a carcass …


People surround a carcass of a whale shark in Karachi, Pakistan on Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012. The 40-foot whale was found dead near Karachi in the Arabian Sea. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

People surround a carcass …

A man stands on a dead whale …

A man stands on a dead whale shark before it was pulled from the water by cranes as residents gather at Karachi's fish harbor February 7, 2012. A giant whale shark washed ashore near Karachi fisheries harbor on Tuesday and was sold for 1.7 million PKR ($18,758), local media reported. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro (PAKISTAN - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY BUSINESS)


People look at a carcass of …

People look at a carcass of whale shark in Karachi, Pakistan on Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012. The 40-foot whale was found dead near Karachi in the Arabian Sea. (AP Photo)

Residents gather as a whale …


Whale shark

In this May, 30, 2010 photo, a whale shark swims in the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. Inside a few small vials at the world's largest aquarium is the key to unlocking the mysteries of the planet's biggest fish. Scientists at the Georgia Aquarium and Emory University are teaming up to produce the first genome of the whale shark, bidding to catalog the DNA of a fish that long has puzzled researchers. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Whale sharks measure as much …

A whale shark wims with its huge mouth open near the surface of the plankton-rich water of Donsol in 2007. Whale sharks begging for food in the central Philippines have sparked a debate on whether feeding the giant fish may ultimately be hurting the creatures, officials said on Saturday

Sharks inhabiting Australia's …

This file illustration photo shows people watching a whale shark swimming in an aquarium. Sharks inhabiting Australia's Great Barrier Reef are in decline due to over fishing, researchers warned, after developing what they said was a new way to measure falling numbers

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