Tuesday, April 7, 2009

PHOTO: Rare Megamouth Shark Caught And Then Eaten In The Philippines

And then their were only 40... An extremely rare Megamouth Shark (this one in the picture was caught in July 2008) was caught off the coast of the Philippines, and despite numerous pleas from WWF officials, the fishermen butchered it and ate it. Here are more details from the AP:

Fishermen in the Philippines accidentally caught and later ate a megamouth shark, one of the rarest fishes in the world with only 40 others recorded to have been encountered, the World Wildlife Fund said Tuesday.

The 1,100-pound (500-kilogram) 13-foot (4-meter) megamouth died while struggling in the fishermen's net on March 30 off Burias island in the central Philippines. It was taken to nearby Donsol in Sorsogon province, where it was butchered and eaten, said Gregg Yan, spokesman for WWF-Philippines.

Yan said a WWF Donsol Project Manager Elson Aca took pictures of the megamouth and tried to dissuade the fishermen from eating it. Shark meat is the main ingredient in a local delicacy.

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