Dead whale shark in Karachi, Pakistan makes news

The carcass of what is being reported as a 36-foot long whale shark (Rhincodon typus) has been making the news over the past couple of days. The shark was reportedly found “unconscious” offshore, according to several reports. Fishermen hauled the shark back to Karachi Harbor where it’s carcass was lifted out of the water by multiple cranes.

The dead shark reportedly sold for 1.7 million rupees (approximately $18,760), according to CBS.


  1. ariel says:

    what about any info on how it died and if it was unconscious why didn’t people try and step in to help it instead of walking on it?? This is a shark devoted website, it’s surprising you don’t have anything different!

    • TheDorsalFin says:

      There was no information about how it died other than it was found “unconscious” in a fishing net. I can’t really make any assumptions other than the facts that are reported. The fishermen dragged the distressed shark in from offshore for a large payout. There was no mention of an attempt to rescue or aid the shark.

  2. Angel says:

    It saddens me that so many people celebrate the death of these animals and subsequently try to make a profit from it. I only hope it died from natural causes before they got hold of it, but knowing human nature of these kinds of fishermen…

  3. Angel says:

    Oh, one more note-having spotted the same (albeit updated) story on another site.

    The shark is stated to be 41.5 feet (trivial info, I know). And the Karachi Fish Harbour Authority (KFHA)has seized the fish from the man who bought it (the price on the other story is much different than posted here as well). And will be doing an autopsy to determine the actual cause of death.

    It was put on display for the locals, there are varying accounts of how it was found (one says it was found floating, another says they had to fish it up because it got caught on their fishing hook).

    Greed everywhere the whole story through, but I am a bit more relieved to see that something is actually being done about it and these people are being exposed for what they’re doing on a national scale.

    Here’s the link to the story I found elsewhere:

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