According to this People’s Daily Online article, a Great White Shark just under 15-feet long was caught off Rizhao, China (Shandong province). While great whites grow much larger than 15 feet, this is still a huge animal, especially when great whites in excess of 16 feet are rare. The article is light on details, but there are several photos of the dead female shark (the shark has no claspers, therefore, it’s a female) with the fishermen. I don’t know about you, but dead sea creatures (and white sharks especially) always make me sad; they look grotesque when hoisted up by their tails, blood covering their heads and guts crammed up near their pectoral fins. Even so, while the death of this one shark is significant many more are killed every day, further depleting stocks under pressure and in turn causing significant ecological change. If you’re scientist and support conservation I ask you to please sign the Manifesto for Shark Conservation, and if not check out the film SHARKWATER for a closer look at what’s happening to these animals.
Huge Great White Shark caught off Rizhao, China10 05 2007