40-foot whale shark: Fishermen sell rare (dead) fish for $18K
A huge crowd gathered at the port of Karachi to watch the leviathan be hauled ashore using cranes and pulleys. The carcass sold quickly for 1.7 million rupees ($18,750). The Christian Science Monitor reports that the shark's body will be put on display at the harbor's auction hall and the buyer will charge visitors a fee to see it.
"I have bought the fish, which usually has no significant commercial value, with the help of my friends just to appreciate the efforts of the fishermen who deserve some reward after spending an entire day in the open sea," Haji Qasim tells the Pakistani Dawn newspaper.
The whale shark, or Rhincodon typus, has a lifespan of 75 years and is on the World Conservation Union's list of threatened species.