Whale Shark Found Dead In Arabian Sea - A 40-foot whale shark was brought into harbor in Karachi, Pakistan on Tuesday, Feb. 7. after reportedly being found unconscious in the Arabian Sea about 10 days ago,"Whale sharks are really amazing animals. They are very gentle. But people should remember that they are wildlife animals and feeding them could pose more harm than good,"
Fishermen used several cranes to lift the whale shark to dry land, where a crowd of onlookers gathered to see the massive creature.
The whale shark carcass was later sold for 1.7 million rupees (nearly $19,000), ABC News reports.
After a 2005 assessment, the International Union for Conversation of Nature and Natural Resources declared the global whale shark population was vulnerable, MSNBC observes.
For many years, whale sharks have been highly sought after by harpoon fisheries in Southeast Asia, where people primarily used the fish for meat and oil. However, it is now illegal to hunt whale sharks in several countries, including India and the Philippines.