Chinese Fisherman Totes Two-Ton Whale Shark on His Truck

Chinese fishing boat captain Cai Chengzhu caught a two-ton whale shark, bound it to the top of his truck with rope, and headed to the market to sell it, despite it being an endangered, protected species. The massive creature attracted a crowd of onlookers in Yangzhi county, Fujian province, which took pictures and posted them on the Chinese equivalent to Twitter. 

The fishermen first encountered the whale shark when it broke their net in an attempt to eat the fish trapped within. Chengzhu claims the creature died while trying to escape, so he and his crew took it to shore with them, planning to sell it. Before they could carry out the sale, government officials put a stop to it.

The lifespan of a whale shark is approximately 100 years. This particular whale shark was thought to be a juvenile. Via Unique Daily.

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