Last week, an incredible 4-meter-long great white shark weighing over 500kgs was killed after “accidentally” getting tangled in a fishing net.
“I’ve been fishing for 27 years and never have I seen such a big shark,” Wang Xianjin, the fisherman, told reporters. He said that he had hauled in the shark around midnight amid harsh winds, not knowing what was caught in the net. Once on board, the giant shark began thrashing about; as a final act of revenge, it ripped apart the fisherman’s 70,000 yuan net before dying, NetEase reports.
Wang wheeled the great white to market. People there offered him 10,000 yuan for the magnificent fish (apparently the standard starting price for rare sea creatures at Chinese fish markets). However, he declined all offers, saying that he planned to donate the shark to a museum and was just here to get help from a friend.
While at the market, people gathered around to stare at the shark and take pictures for souvenirs, some of the braver ones even opened its jaws and looked inside.
The situation for sharks has been improving recently, thanks to Chinese appetites for shark fin soup decreasing following a number of awareness campaigns and regulations. Still, there have been some sad stories of late.
In February, dozens of baby sharks were discovered littered across a beach in Taiwan with their fins cut off. While last year a whale shark was filmed being slaughtered alive by Guangdong fishermen. And last May, a Qingdao tuhao was spotted moving a 1-ton shark into his compound to gut and eat.
[Images via NetEase]