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'Great White Shark' Washes Ashore In The Bahamas; Officials Concerned As Locals Eat It
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GRAND BAHAMA, The Bahamas -- Bahamas officals are concerned over reports of local residents hacking up and carting away a large shark washed up on Grand Bahama Island. The shark is believed to be a great white.

Upon reaching the scene, UNEXSO staff were shocked to see that local residents where chopping up the shark in order to take it home and eat it.

Warnings have since been posted by the Department of Health not to eat the shark meat as it has not been determined what killed the great beast.

source: http://www.bahamaislandsinfo.com

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I just can't understand what it is that 'shocked' the local officials so much. Interesting to see that what is chopped off is the dorsal and tail. Just what is the going rate for shark fins these days, either on the black market, or open eastern market? If shark fin soup can command as much as $100 US per bowl (or more), what is the great mystery here? I wonder how many of the local 'officials' were just as shocked as they packed the dry ice in their own ice chests....hmmm.
   comment# 1   - VK · Hawaii · Jun 20, 2008 @ 1:38am

There is no shark fin soup in the Bahamas. They were in shock to find a great white in the Bahamas. I was one of the first ones on scene, actually 3rd. I actually dragged the shark to shore to do a stomach exam. it was a female 14 ft long empty stomach, only a hook and leader wire. It is the first white shark to come ashore in the history of the Bahamas.
   comment# 2   - justin · Grand Bahama, Bahamas · Aug 18, 2008 @ 10:18pm

i hear the ppl dem say "the gr8 white meat was sweet"...they say "they wish them gr8 white would visit the land more often"...
   comment# 3   - Đựtt¥~ßeлs& · L.Y.C,Grand Bahama,Bahamas · Sep 1, 2008 @ 7:33pm

mmmmm, great white burgers. Tastes like chicken!
   comment# 4   - the next president · inside your mind · Dec 18, 2008 @ 9:22am

Not a bad sized shark..If i were them,id be a bit more worried about swimming there,then eating the shark......OH how the tide has turned my great white friend,now we are eating you HAHAHAHA
   comment# 5   - THE GREAT WHITE DEWS · AUSTRALIA · Jan 19, 2009 @ 1:00am

that is so nasty why would you put it on the web?
   comment# 6   - ACE · South carolina · Jan 26, 2009 @ 11:18am

Shark fin soup is amazing, tastes so good, great whites do not benifit us kill them all i say!! there vicious things, i know a few fishermen who go finning, it has to be done im affraid ..credit crunch!!
   comment# 7   - simon · peru · Feb 9, 2009 @ 2:56am

ace, lol... its news... thats why its on the web.... ummm... is it your first time web surfing?
   comment# 8   - melissa · usa · Mar 8, 2009 @ 3:56pm

Obviously somebody didnt go to school and is so ill informed about "Food chains". Sharks are vicious you say? Hmm.. Sharks are inquisitive, they do not have limbs, so is it any wonder why they use their mouths to explore? Id like to see the impact of the ocean if the magnificent Great White ceased to exist due to finning, for this "oh so amazing" Shark Fin Soup. Get a life.. the soup is for stupid people who like to think they are some grade above the rest of us because they eat $100 soups. Ridiculous.
   comment# 9   - Taylor Marie · Hampshire, England · Mar 27, 2009 @ 4:06am

If all the sharks were killed then there would never be more shark fin soup, seal populations would run into high numbers and there goes the canned fish markets as well. I cannot imagine a world where there are no sharks... Sure the odd swimmer gets nabbed, I say if it died as it washed up on shore, why not cut it apart and use it in the community? better than towing it back to sea, Blowing it up, setting fire to it, Destroying it, or giving it a funeral.
   comment# 10   - Max · coast A, Canada · Mar 28, 2009 @ 10:00am

why is that the dumb always want to kill everything.Everything on this planet has its purpose. Its part of Mother earth. take dumb people they make great door stops..Leave the fish alone what if it had mercury poisoning.now everyone is sick...
   comment# 11   - darci · oklahoma usa · Jun 12, 2009 @ 10:51am

that is so sad and grows
   comment# 12   - maddie` · universal city, us · Jul 5, 2010 @ 10:35am

The only species that is accually hurting the earth is humans. Shark fishing just for the fins is a terrible thing. If your going to kill the shark at least take the meat. There are to many starving people in this world to take the fins off of the sharks for a few people with more money then brains or sympathy for the less fortunate.
   comment# 13   - eeecee · Millville, NJ · Dec 1, 2010 @ 11:44am

its true the shark could have died from disease, and could make the eaters of its flesh sick
   comment# 14   - Cooley D · miami, usa · May 24, 2011 @ 11:31am

Unless you're starving or an less than intelligent person,you should never eat the flesh of a dead animal when don't know what caused it's death. Even then I wouldn't want to take that chance.
   comment# 15   - flameforjustice · usa · Jun 30, 2011 @ 8:05pm

From what I've heard, shark fin soup isn't very good anyway and the hunt for shark fins has brought some shark species' in certain regions of the world near extinction. In Asia they play commercials with people saying "I pledge to not eat shark fin soup". It's a waste of a good animal. I also agree that without sharks the balance in the ocean would tilt and then everyone on the planet would pay the price. People with little knowledge of the ocean should not post about it.
   comment# 16   - Aquaman · Mississippi USA · Nov 1, 2011 @ 7:47pm

Not sure about the fins but a set of jaws from an adult great white easily sells for over $3,000 today. I have seen medium size jaws from 10 - 12 footers go for $2K on ebay.
   comment# 17   - GREG HAGAN · PENSACOLA, USA · Aug 12, 2013 @ 1:37pm
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