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Massive Whale Shark Caught in China, Toted on Top of Tiny Truck

Image: Massive Whale Shark Caught in China, Toted on Top of Tiny Truck
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By    |   Monday, 04 Aug 2014 05:41 PM

A Chinese fisherman transported a 16-foot-long, massive whale shark weighing more than 4,000 pounds to market on the top of his truck after catching the protected fish in his fishing net.

Cai Chengzhu, 48, told the Daily Mail the whale shark was dead in his fishing net and he planned to sell it for 10,000 to 20,000 yuan, equivalent to between $1,600 and $3,200.

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Whale sharks are protected in China and are supposed to be let loose if they’re caught.

Chengzhu told local reporters that he wasn’t aware he had caught a whale shark and pointed out that the massive beast clearly broke through his net and tried to eat the fish trapped there. Photos of the whale shark show he has net hanging from his mouth.

The sight of the protected species being transported through Chinese streets upset a lot of people, who took to Weibo, the country’s version of Twitter, to complain.

The photo of the odd-looking shark draped over and encompassing the truck has gone viral.



“I would have liked to see video of him hoisting it on top of his contraption. Probably got stuck under it a few times,” one person wrote on an ABC article.

Another expressed concern about whether the small truck would collapse under such weight. “Would YOU want two tons sitting above your head with what looks like just a little bit of wood and metal for support?” the commenter asked.

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