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Wednesday, 8 February 2012

40-Foot Whale Shark

40-Foot Whale Shark - The shark from "Jaws" was not this big - not even close

40-Foot Whale Shark - Fishermen in Pakistan reeled in a massive 40-foot whale shark Tuesday and sold it for a tidy $18,750, The Express Tribune newspaper reports. The largest confirmed whale shark on record was 41 feet long.

For the record, Bruce, the mechanical great white shark from the 1975 big-screen blockbuster, was 25 feet long and weighed three tons. The whale shark found in Pakistan weighed an estimated seven tons and was six feet wide, according to the newspaper.

The whale shark was already dead when the fishermen found it 93 miles from Karachi, but they had the daunting task of getting the carcass to shore.

Five cranes were reportedly needed to pull the shark out of the water after two cranes failed to do the job.

The whale shark is the largest fish in the sea, according to National Geographic's website. The World Conservation Union listed it as an endangered species in 2008.

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