Friday, July 17, 2009

another one

Why do you all keep dying on me?

One by one you appear in the news.

So painful for me to even look at your dead carcass in print.

If I were there at the scene, I will definitely end up crying.

I'm upset because I haven't seen any of you before.

I'm upset because despite being the largest living fish, you are playful and pose no harm to us.

I'm upset because... you didn't do anything to deserve this.

(Story and picture from

Dead Shark Caught In Net

BUTTERWORTH: Four fishermen on a deepsea fishing trip found a dead whale shark measuring 5.36m in their net 50 nautical miles off the coast.

The fishermen, from Kuala Muda near here, made the discovery at 1am yesterday.

Salleh Hussin, 48, said they tried to release the one-tonne creature back into the sea after realising that it was dead but failed to do so as it was too heavy.

He said they then towed the shark back to the Kuala Muda jetty and informed the Penang Fisheries Department at 7.15am.

Department deputy director Khairul Anwar Mohamad, who went to the scene with three staff members, said the department would use the whale shark carcass for research as it was a protected species.

“Our initial investigation found that the fishermen did not catch the fish intentionally,” he said, adding that a decision would be made after the investigation was completed.

It was the second whale shark found in a fishing net in Penang in seven months.

On Jan 2, several fishermen found a 7m-long whale shark in their net 10 nautical miles off Teluk Bahang.

One of them said they found the dead fish when they tried to pull up their net and decided to tow it back to shore as they feared that the carcass if dumped at sea would pollute the waters.

The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is a filter-feeding shark and is the largest living fish. The slow-moving creature is known for its playful character and poses no harm to humans.

Posted by Doreen at 11:28 am