Rare Megamouth Shark Caught, Eaten in the Philippines

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Fishermen in the Philippines accidentally caught a megamouth shark, one of the rarest animals in the world with only 40 documented sightings ever recorded.

What did they do afterwards? Why, they ate it, of course ...

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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OH WOW, I see people here saying that since it died anyways then they might as well have eaten it. If it is a rare shark like they said, they could have done research on the shark, what it ate, what environment it lived in, and maybe found out if there were more of it around. Scientist or researches could have learned so much from this shark, dead or alive. Google it, theres more to this article. I read another article that went in depth and not just skimmed the top like this one. Another article stated that an organization actually contacted the people and asked them not to do anything with it so they can research and document it, But these people still ate it. Its so embarrassing. They did the same thing to a quail that was thought to be extinct. Smurf you are right they will eat anything there. Now the stories about Filipinos eating dog isn't hard to believe
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If they find it dead, or dying beyond repair, then why not eat it.
Now if they could've let it go and it would've still lived, then yeah, it's pretty screwed up to kill it.
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Shark meat is delicious. As others are saying, the shark died due to accidentally becoming entangled in the nets. It is the most respectful then to eat the animal and not let its flesh go to waste.
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