Rare Shark Caught, Eaten in Philippines
By OLIVER TEVES
posted: 3 HOURS 4 MINUTES AGO
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MANILA, Philippines (April 7) - 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.
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The World Wildlife Fund said Tuesday that a rare megamouth shark, seen above on March 30, was accidentally caught and later eaten in the Philippines. A spokesman for the group said the 1,100-pound creature, which died while struggling in the fishermen's net, was butchered in nearby Donsol. There are only 40 other recorded encounters with the creatures.
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The 1,100-pound 13-foot 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.
The first megamouth was discovered in Hawaii in 1976, prompting scientists to create an entirely new family and genus of sharks. The megamouths are docile filter-feeders with wide, blubbery mouths. Yan said the Burias megamouth's stomach revealed it was feeding on shrimp larvae.
I love the fact that he ate it, don't you?