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Chinese Fisherman Serve Up World's Largest Shark Steak

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China -- It's no longer a secret how five loaves and two fish managed to feed the five thousand - especially if the sea-dwelling delicacies in question were as big as this mammoth fish.

More likely to eat than be eaten, this giant whale shark was caught off the coast of China by hardcore fishermen who managed to harness the ten-metre, eight-ton whopper.

Whale sharks are the world's largest living fish, it is estimated that they can reach an 18 metre length. They live in warm water along the coast and open seas and spend most of their time near the surface.

The prize whale shark's hefty load took over an hour to be hoisted in an industrial crane back on to dry land, where it was sliced into relatively smaller pieces for fish-lovers everywhere to enjoy.

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How pathetic...this one of the oceans most magnificent (and endangered) creatures, and all these idiots can think of is how much money/food it can provide them...the human race sickens me sometimes.
   comment# 1   - Godspeed · Melbounre, Australia · Mar 22, 2007 @ 8:20pm

It's not the human race, it the "hardcore" fisherman who have no respect for the ocean life. I know we need fishermen, and it's an admirable trade, but they need to have some sort of reverence for the animals, or it's just some sport. And the loaves and fishes deal is still a "secret" (i.e. miracle), unless the kid's mom packed him two whale sharks for lunch (John 6:9). Overall, a pretty poorly written article about an event that makes me sick to my stomach.
   comment# 2   - Justin · Kingsland, Georgia · Mar 23, 2007 @ 6:06am

i find this article disgusting, it is sick that they would kill such a beautiful, not to mention harmless, creature and serve it as food. The whale shark is endangered and i find these people apalling.
   comment# 3   - melissa · windsor, canada · Mar 23, 2007 @ 9:38am

Horrible. Absolutely horrible.
   comment# 4   - James · Pleasanton, CA · Mar 23, 2007 @ 11:02am

I've been a fisherman since I was 6 y old! I think killing animals or any type of endangered fish for food is completely and utterly SICK!!!! I've known local chinese fisherman for a while - truth to b told: They'll eat anything!@@! Even stingrays that make u sick and smell like yellow water. I am not surprised that they killed a "shark" - which only eats plankton and think they did a great thing!! Maybe normal people who think it is wrong, should start their own sport: " Clubbing Commercial fisherman or people of such kind" for skins and fat, and steaks - but that would be inhumane... FACT: even catch N release causes fish harm and pain- the biggest concentration of nerves in fish is upper and lower lips, imagine if you had a hook poked through your scrotum or breasts - how would you feel if you couldn't talk ?? By the way fish screams too, we can't hear it, but if you drop it in the water, other will scatter( has been scientifically proven) !!!! Cheers :)
   comment# 5   - Alex(The Hook) · San Francisco · Mar 23, 2007 @ 1:04pm

When I first saw this I shivered, and not wanting to look harder at the picture, at first thinking I saw the spots, but I did. Such a shame, such a beautiful creature. I hope just once in my diving life I get to see this beauty, alive, free, and feeding as it should.
   comment# 6   - Pammie · Key Largo Florida USA · Mar 23, 2007 @ 5:32pm

I think it time we need to boycott everything made in China. That is the quickest way I know how to get someone to take notice is throught there pocket book....
   comment# 7   - Steve Daniel · Cincinnati,USA · Mar 23, 2007 @ 6:08pm

That is so SAD! One of the worlds most amazing creatures!!! Now, one less to the population!!! Save the ocean, your really saving yourselfs
   comment# 8   - Lissa · Some where in TEXAS! · Mar 23, 2007 @ 9:33pm

Simply horrible. As a professional underwater videographer, I've had the great pleasure to spend time with these awesome fish; we need to ban the senseless killing of one of the most majestic creatures on the planet. My day is ruined thanks to that one image.
   comment# 9   - Mike Laptew · North Kingstown USA · Mar 24, 2007 @ 12:11pm

Just terrible. You would think in this day an age the protection of endangered species would be on a world wide scale.
   comment# 10   - Spearo · Bay Area, USA · Mar 24, 2007 @ 4:08pm

Hey, it is food. People first. That is how it goes.
   comment# 11   - Sun Tzu · Reno NV USA · Mar 24, 2007 @ 5:52pm

It is food. If they want to eat it that is their choice. People first.
   comment# 12   - Sun Tzu · Reno NV USA · Mar 24, 2007 @ 5:54pm

This is shouldn't even show these photos but let the proper authorities handle it.......its just sick
   comment# 13   - nancy lee · usa · Mar 24, 2007 @ 7:45pm

first thought was horrible but then they are fishermen and need to make a living
   comment# 14   - Keith · wales , uk · Mar 25, 2007 @ 7:55am

I spent two weeks and approx $2000 last year trying to dive with Whale Sharks in Thailand, did I see one ? Did I f**k ! When are people gonna get it into their heads that these magnificent animals are worth so much more alive that dead. Extinct is forever. Sorry China I personnaly think your a nation this planet could do without, whether its shark fin soup or panda feet love potion your a disgrace.
   comment# 15   - Paul · Reading, UK · Mar 25, 2007 @ 9:38am

to most western ppl, killing a shark sounds terrible. why? because 'you have a lot to eat'. in China, fishman usually earn less than $10 PER DAY!! so, tell me, if u were them. would u release such a big fish?? these fishman are NOT sick , they're needy! if u guys really care about the environment, you'd better find a means to help poor countries.
   comment# 16   - Chinese OZ · China · Mar 25, 2007 @ 6:40pm

After I read his article all I could think of is why? Where is there reason in killing this animal. I've heard of buying a ridiculously big truck or a wicked fast sports car as a means of overcompensation...but this. Humans really are a species out of place, so out of touch with nature. That doesn't extend to everyone, and every culture mind you. But on the whole, man we suck!
   comment# 17   - Myles Brown · Calgary, AB · Mar 25, 2007 @ 10:43pm

One Billion + Asian people have to eat every day in China and this whale shark slaughter is nothing compared to whats coming down the road. The Asian goverments world wide don't give dam about endangered species or quota fishing control numbers as they continue to fish ilegally world wide. Thanks to such companies as Walmart they have the world economy by the Balls and we gave it to them.
   comment# 18   - Richard · Canada · Mar 26, 2007 @ 11:56pm

What the hell are you talking about ?....Have you ever tasted whale shark ?...It is DELICIOUS !
   comment# 19   - toxic avenger · scotland · Mar 27, 2007 @ 8:57am

Paul, you hit it on the head! I'm not racist, but China and a lot of the Asian nation's the world could do without! They think of themselves first, and the natural(rest)of the world last! Just take 5 minutes, and read past articles on this website, you will come across more articles of China in particular, but the Asian nations as a whole destroying and abusing wildlife by a landslide over any other nation/race. Plus, the stories in thier countries are harder to find then in Western nations. SAD! Chinese OZ - I don't want to hear that Western nations have to help out the poor countries, everytime we try, we our blamed for interferring and spreading our western views and cultures, witch brings violence in the form of terrorism to our countries! Help yourself's out for crying out loud, it's just pathetic. Think about what is going to happen when these already poor people have no fish left!! Then what are they goind to do... they will starve for sure thats what! Deservingly
   comment# 20   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Mar 27, 2007 @ 10:19am

Paul - don't forget the #1 driver for the slaughter of Elephants and Rhino's so thier ivory can be used for aphrodisiacs. Japan's slaughter of Whales for "Research" although half of it is in storage or ends up in dog food! China is responsible for the first confirmed extinction of a Large mammal in 100 years, the Yangtze River-dolphin, congratulations China... the world really would be better off with you gone!
   comment# 21   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Mar 27, 2007 @ 10:36am

Brendan, I don't and won't forget what China as a nation is responsible for ! I say boycott the Olympics, not because of human rights abuse, too many of us anyway on this planet, but their appalling animal rights record. I have lost count of the number of times I have left a chinese resturant due to the fact they sell shark fin soup although I make a point of letting the manager know why, ever time. The planet as a whole is coming round to our way of thinking but I fear it maybe too late. Its hard to believe in this day and age things like dynamite "fishing" still go on. Greed and profit today and to hell with tommorrow is an attitude than needs changing.
   comment# 22   - Paul · Reading, UK · Mar 27, 2007 @ 1:59pm

I am a diver. I was lucky enough to see whalesharks alive. I was shocked too, seeing this photo and the stupid article which is very naive and lacks respect for the animal. BUT: Please dont start a chinese- or asian-bashing here. That doesn't help no one. In fact it prevents people from talking to each other and solving problems. Everyone of us has their own impact on nature. Who of you has no car, does not fly to dive in faraway places, is not a vegetarian, does not use much more energy and water resources than people in other parts of the world. Just think about it. Its allways easier to blame the others. Whale sharks, dolphins are kind of in vogue, but all creatures deserve our respect. So think about it when you have eggs for breakfast, steak for dinner, drive on eight lane-motorways or play golf on a sterile green.
   comment# 23   - Stefan · Berlin Germany · Mar 28, 2007 @ 1:53am

Am i right? This article seems to have been submitted and written by someone at If so i think it is appauling the way it has been worded! 'Hardcore fisherman', 'sliced for fish lovers everywhere'. Surely a website dedicated to all things underwater should have been a lot more concerned about the loss of such a great creature. After all if everyone carried on killing such endangered creatures you would have FA to write about!
   comment# 24   - Simon McFarlane · Dorset, United Kingdom · Mar 30, 2007 @ 8:53am

What a crime...How can we stop this and shark fin soup?
   comment# 25   - Spence · Denville US · Mar 30, 2007 @ 10:18am

I agree with Godspeed, it is terrible how people treat these beautiful creatures. I know sometimes they do wrong, but to cut them up and sell them is wrong!!
   comment# 26   - Kouvonia J. · Chicago.USA · Mar 31, 2007 @ 11:54am

what's wrong with these people, eating any and everything in the ocean this is getting ridiculous, there's a reason we domesticate food, so that we won't have to freaking go out and hunt populations to extinction, that's just amazing.....
   comment# 27   - ramon · canada · Mar 31, 2007 @ 4:15pm

Chinese OZ is right. We can choose what to eat and that's not the reality there. They are using the fish to serve a lot of people, poor people
   comment# 28   - Rob · Irving, US · Apr 1, 2007 @ 11:19pm

Rob, it's not about what you can and cannot afford to eat, it's about right and wrong. I'm sure it's illegal to catch an endangered creature. Mindless fisherman like these Chinese will without be the downfall for this magnificent creature, shame on them.
   comment# 29   - Tim · Cambridge, UK · Apr 3, 2007 @ 5:57am

The more I read about China the more distressed I become. What is wrong with these peope, if it has a heartbeat eat it. I am totally sickened and heartbroken at the way animals are nothing to them, just a commodity. The horrific way they kill dogs and cats, actually skinning them alive and even enjoying doing it, why are they so heartess? I just cannot understand the way they think. People need to boycot the Olympic Games, a country that has such little feeling for creatures is not worthy of anything. They are butchering and torturing mans best friend in the most horrendous way possible.
   comment# 30   - Sian Fuge · United Kingdom · Apr 3, 2007 @ 7:26am

I cant believe that people can still be so careless to what affect this has on our planet. They do not realize that by killing all the sharks, we are in turn killing ourselves. I have been attacked by a shark myself, but it was only a minor cut. I do noy hate these amazing and essential creatures. eat the damn cows, that is what we harvest them for. We need the sharks, not for fin-soup, but for the health of the ocean.
   comment# 31   - David Young · Ogden, Utah · Apr 5, 2007 @ 1:41pm

This world is coming to an end quick, fast, and in a hurry. I came across this picture yesterday on another site and I was absolutely disgusted. I'm not racist but I can agree with those of you who say we can do without certain people in this world. Asians use up more valuable resources than any other country. They have no boundaries when it comes to what they do. I have had it bad for them ever since I saw that HBO documentary "To Love or Kill" about how animals are treated from place to place and seeing them cut up live cats and other animals for food. I understand if they are poor but don't take it out on the rest of the world. They will single handedly wipe out hundreds of species just because they are hungry. They should all try castrating themselves and eating that and they could kill two birds with one stone; hunger and overpopulation.
   comment# 32   - Tony S · Philadelphia, USA · Apr 6, 2007 @ 8:09am

Why is it we as humans have to destroy everything we are given? I know the world is full of ignorance, it is not just Asia, or some place very far its everywhere in our backyard, this dirt is going on. Why can't we see we are only hurting ourselves and what will be our childrens one day. It is the uneducated and greedy that work hand in hand and it disturbs me to no end. What is really horrible about this whole article is that it does not mention anything about the whale shark itself, that it is supposed to be a light hearted article. It was not a giant pizza you baked in the oven morons, it is a threatened living harmless being, which has just as much of a right to live as you or me. Dumb dumb dumb, the crapolla is going to hit the fan in this little ol' world of ours and when it does, everyone will be saying "I wish we knew" . Well folks whoever took photo's of this horrible thing going on and then thought so little of it as to write about it like it was a massive co
   comment# 33   - Victoria · Nova Scotia, Canada · Apr 10, 2007 @ 9:26am

This makes me sick. People treat animals with no repect or dignity. We are animals too, remember that, our highly developed memory does not give us the right to treat animals the way we do. Hey, it is food. People first. That is how it goes. - Sun Tzu Reno NV USA Mar 24, 2007 @ 5:52pm WRONG! It's not food, it was an animal! The attitude of "people first" is what is destroying the environment (and the planet). But then since when have people like yourself given a damn anyway.
   comment# 34   - Ben Nevis · Sunshine Coast, Australia · Apr 10, 2007 @ 11:04pm

It's true. Humans do destroy everything we are given. Survival of the fittest right? All I've been reading is about how China is this and that and how this world can do without China or Asia. You are saying that only because you are disgusted with the fact that we eat what we eat. You say that only because you have not lived in poverty. You've never had to eat things you didn't want to. Here in America all you see is lean meat and steak and chunks of meat frozen at the grocery store or the butcher shop. What happens to the rest of the animal. Why do you think the US is so overweight? Because you are eating so wealthy. You get to have 3 full meals a day ever since you were born. In other countries, they don't have the OPPORTUNITY to eat like we do here. Not because they don't want to work or because they don't want to farm their own livestock. It's because the government only give them so much to live off of. You say the world can do without China but I say you are wrong. Take
   comment# 35   - John · USA · Apr 12, 2007 @ 2:14pm

I cannot understand this China-Asia bashing. And then going on to talk about terrorism in some cases. We have no right to criticise these nations for what they do. Ours was gradual, so their quick extreme consumption seems excessive but who pushed the buffalo, and more to the point American Indians, to the point of extinction. Which nation has one of the cruelest meat industries in the world. Us. At least the whale shark had a decent life before it was bloodily slaughtered. Horses, pigs, cows, etc. Even if we eat them, don't they deserve our respect, and a quick death. If you've got the balls, go watch an animal rights video on this stuff. It is the norm, not the exception. It is as understandable as the chinese. It is economic driven, and necessary to meet demand. It generates wealth & keeps the McDonalds & Walmarts making money. The animals are part of that machine. But it is not right in my opinion. And as far as medling goes, there isn't a nation on ea
   comment# 36   - Fred · Denver. USA · Apr 12, 2007 @ 9:19pm

I'm glad your stupid comments were cut short FRED! No one is saying that the U.S is not responsible for a lot of in humane animal treatment as well as abuse of our natural habitants. But your wrong, it's not to the extreme of Asian nations. The Buffalo near extinction happened over 100 years ago nimrod, we as people honestly didn't know better. We have corrected that, and now they are roaming free again. We don't still cut off sharks fins (which are for the rich, not poor) and dump them into the oceans to drown, we don't continue to have whale hunts, we don't fuel the international game trade just because we were born with small d*cks and need afrodisiacs to make up for it, we don't continue to pollute our rivers to the point where recently the first large mammal in a hundred years is now extinct, we have changed for the better as most nations have. The only nations that continue to disregard what everybody else thinks are those of the Asian nations, point and case! We do continue to treat animals in humanly which is appauling but these are not animals on the verge of extinction. I belong to an animal rights group FRED, so before posting another rambling, incoherent, irrelevant post think about these things!
   comment# 37   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia PA · Apr 13, 2007 @ 10:10am

This is a very shocking article, the contents of which (especially the photo) breaks my heart. As a diver I have never been lucky enough to see a Whale Shark and I hope one day I will - that's if they haven't all been caught by money hungry fishermen and eaten by selfish and greedy people by then!
   comment# 38   - Rachel Agnew · Christchurch, New Zealand · Apr 13, 2007 @ 7:50pm

Fred how many whale sharks are the Chinese raising? It least we raise pigs and cows for consumption, its called a farm. Last time I checked most Americans don't eat horse. maybe Fred likes the taste. I would like to see Asian governments helping their citizens a little more and then maybe the US would offer more help. There can be more gained by understanding these animals better than chopping them up with a large saw, eat more rice!
   comment# 39   - Bryan · Omaha · Apr 13, 2007 @ 10:51pm

   comment# 40   - JIMBO · MOOLOOLABA ,AUSTRALIA · Apr 15, 2007 @ 3:59am

.. my dear American friends, what about the Bisons killed by your ancestors in the Far West? with aggravation to still them from the natives just to take the skin and the tongue. we western people are like a man at the end of is life, stopping to smoke and suggesting to everybody to do the same because it is dangerous and stupid. Too late! we have a very short memory indeed!!
   comment# 41   - robertodajava · centraljava Indonesia · Apr 15, 2007 @ 5:41am

robertodajava, Killing of the Bison was a mistake made a couple of hundred years ago, before we really knew any better, since then they have been protected and luckily enough have made a recovery. 10,000 chickens being killed I have no problem with as they are breed soley for this purpose and are never going to be endangered. These few Whale sharks left should be totally protected and are worth far more alive than dead. So by all means grown rice and rear chickens but for Gods sake leave these majestic animals alone !!
   comment# 42   - Paul · Reading, UK · Apr 15, 2007 @ 12:52pm

Just read the articles on today's front page. Thier are 5 articles that prove mine and many others who have posted comments about the Asian nations complete lack of respect and education about what is going on with OUR environment. No other single country or race/ethnicity of people of a particular nation has more then 2 negative stories. I am not racist, but this all started from a post that somebody made saying the safety of OUR world and environment would be better off without the Asian nations, and in my opinion, backed up with statistics/stories/ and fact that person was 100% correct! Just read the headline stories from today, Japan trying to control IWC to completely remove band on Whale hunting, China's Yangtze river is so polluted the damage is irreversable, China's 3 largest Freshwater lake which was once teaming with wildlife is now nothing more then a bowl of yellow and brown sludge! For crying out loud, the Yangtze river accounts for 40% of China's freshwater and is the countries life line for so many people! Yet, they are destroying it beyond repair. Way to go China, atleast your not being selfish and just destroying everybody else's environment!
   comment# 43   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Apr 18, 2007 @ 10:52am

If you think about the area in which this amazing creature was captured and killed, it should come as no suprise since they seem to think that shark finning is OK! It is NOT ok however as the worlds population of sharks is being dwindled down by this type of fishing and I don't see an end to it as they seem to indulge themselves on "delicacies" whenever they see fit. There has to be some legislation passed to stop the killing of sharks, whales and any other fish or mammal that may be facing the endangered list. Has anyone thought of what this can do to the food chain in the future? Why haven't the governments of other countries put a stop to this discusting behavior, they seem to have no problem stepping into other countries over politics and religion, but no one will make them stop destroying the environment and from the news headlines, and internet postings about the asian countries behavior toward the environment, I am not the only one who feels strongly about this. I just can't believe that human beings can be so idiotic toward the world we inhabit it is like they think everything on the planet was put there for human consumption and in all reality they were here long before us and they should be protected from the violence of man.
   comment# 44   - Jocelyn · Canada · Apr 19, 2007 @ 9:42am

All you people write all 1500 letters about how cruel this is. that just makes me sick! If I could get my hands on that steak, I'd tear it apart and add a little salt! My bro Ammon says the same. Would you rather have your family go hungry than have a little shark? (Or alot!) Not me, Baby! bring in the meat! FORKSANDKNIVESFORKSANDKNIVESFORKSANDKNIVESFORKSANDKNIVES!!!!!!!!!!
   comment# 45   - Ben · Fairbanks, AK · Apr 26, 2007 @ 10:28pm

Would you rather have your family go hungry than have a little shark? (Or alot!) Not me, Baby! ........ eh well, If I couldn't afford a few grains of rice every day I don't think I would want to produce any kids into this world. These fish are as rare as rockin horse sh*t and to butcher them just because your hungry is pethetic. Also I'm no lefty, tree hugger or anything else you decsribe, in fact I'm so right wing I make Hilter look liberal but I do have a very deep interest in marine conservation.
   comment# 46   - Paul · Reading, UK · Apr 28, 2007 @ 3:57pm

Please forgive Ben, he's from Arkansas... enough said. He probably had to have somebody read him the posts in order to respond. Alot more people then these few fisherman are going to starve once our oceans have been wiped out. Were talking mass starvation! Ever thought of that BEN, or are you too busy sitting on your front porch drinking beer and playing the banjo?
   comment# 47   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · May 9, 2007 @ 10:34am

Hey Brendan, maybe before you make fun of Ben being from Arkansas, you should learn what AK really stands for. (it's Alaska) Very different way of living compared to the lower 48. They have been taught to survive off the land and what it provides them. Do I agree with killing animals for fun, no; but if it's to feed your family then yes. Kill what you will eat and no more. It's really pretty simple.
   comment# 48   - Brian · USA · May 15, 2007 @ 7:29am

Brian good point, although their is a Fairbanks Arkansas,, and I just figured that's where he was from based on his insanely stupid comment! "Kill what you will eat, and no more".... It really isn't that simple. It's gotten to a point where you shouldn't kill any of the animals that are considered threatened or endangered. Because in a very short time, if these kind of actions continue, they will be gone. That my friend is that SIMPLE!
   comment# 49   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · May 17, 2007 @ 10:53am

it is so so SO sick how people can eat these most beautiful creatures! now they are endangered, because of these greedy people! im onley 13 and i know that this is utterly wrong! just think, what if YOU were that shark, How would you like have to bleed to death without fins! plz just think!
   comment# 50   - Nicole · South Africa · May 28, 2007 @ 10:29am

that is the sadist thing i've ever seen
   comment# 51   - nikki · hong kong · May 29, 2007 @ 3:37pm

Its just protein. Although I don't condone killing endangered species, in the end, whats done is done. It's not like they went out there purposely seeking whale sharks. They spotted it and caught it cos its just another fish/ meat to them. If you eat chickens, then you have no right to condemn these people because its the same. As for brendan mass, you are a fool brendan. They can pollute the entire yantze river and it is still NOT your business, kid. Get that straight. Its their river. Not yours. Also, they aren't deliberately polluting their rivers. Its the price of economic growth. If you lived on 50 cents a day, would you rather have super clean river or 10% economic growth. Yea I thought so. Why dont you try living on 50 cents a day. You talked the talk, but now walk the walk, dude. I mean look at you. Spoiled american guy living in properous west trying to dictate his beliefs on people who need to work to find food. And you find it strange no one in the world likes you?! You asked why chinese people are so hardened. Well maybe because they've seen war up close and personal, seen famine, drought, starvation, diseases and all the time being bullied by the rest of the world. You talked alot of crap kid, but where were you when their was massive starvation in china. Yea I thought so. So in the end, all you are, just another spoiled american guy. You asked why they eat everything. They are one of the oldest cultures in the world. Can't be picky if you want to survive
   comment# 52   - Idiot Jack · France · Jun 3, 2007 @ 3:07pm

I cannot hide my disdain for China any longer. Pet dog slaughter, tainted dog food, toothpaste, whale shark? Whale shark? Please try to look at what you are buying, boycott China, really. Buy American if you can. I am SO OVER THIS!
   comment# 53   - Jen Sunday · St. Pete, Florida · Jun 5, 2007 @ 6:28am

Yeah, that poor whale shark. I know there's no sense in crying over spilt milk, but china, and japan for that matter, have a long history of , dare i say, not caring. The population is so dense ( in the head and per capita ) that it wouuld take alot of action to sanction them from fishing endangered animals, even then, it would probably only stop commercial fleets, a majority of those fishing crews are not exactly educated on the plight of animals, to them its just a means to an $. Sucks, but until these people are eduacated and informed, fish are had relations with.
   comment# 54   - armedisposition86 · Napa Valley CA · Jun 8, 2007 @ 8:25am

Every time you buy those Walmart products imported from China you are making a Chinese businessman richer. And to show his status he now feels the need to serve shark fin soup to his guests. This seemed to be a required dish at any Chinese wedding or business dinner. I lived and worked in S.E. Asia for 5 years, and dealt with many businessmen there. I always declined the soup and tried to explain why. The way they lookes at me you would have thought I was speaking Chinese..., guess that phrase wouldn't apply here, but they ignored the plight of our oceans and kept slurping away. I could go one about this but I won't. ps: guess who's responsible for 7 of the world's top 10 endangered species being on the list.
   comment# 55   - JB · Philadelphia, Pa · Jun 8, 2007 @ 12:47pm

Which is it, God or evolution? if God we have domimion over all animals, if evolution we are the stronger animal and should eat what we like. The eskimos, norwegians and japanese to name a few eat whales and used to depend on them FOR EXISTENCE, other countries and islanders eat all sorts of wildlife and marine life, but us americans we eat what ever we feel like whenever we feel like eating, we are spoiled brats and most of you are the biggest hypocrits I've ever heard of, you are ignoring the plight of our oceans and earth just by buying products with plastics ,vinyls or any other material that causes wastes,by products and pollutes are earth like the manufacturing of your computers, HYP'S, oh yeh thats different , right?
   comment# 56   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 9, 2007 @ 12:06am

I feel sick to the bone...... not all media news should be aired. Specially this level type of stupid, brain-less, dim-witted fool who killed the wale shark.
   comment# 57   - Ram · Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago · Jun 14, 2007 @ 10:10pm

   comment# 58   - BECKY · MENASHA, USA · Jun 15, 2007 @ 3:43pm

Have you ever been to any of the border towns in mexico? Have you ever seen any cats? People eat all types of food, you would be suprised what you've eaten even in the finest of restaurants.
   comment# 59   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 15, 2007 @ 9:56pm

I applaud you Robert Rolin, for you have managed to publish, that which is deemed controversial by many, exactly my sentiment. Of course I would rather see this magnificent creature in the wild. Bonaire is a good place to go if you get the opportunity. I unfortunatly missed out last summer, the whale shark that had been roaming around died of natural causes 3 days before I arrived, saw it on the dock instead of the water, very disappointing. But what is also extremely disappointing: the people who preach from their high horses. And for being different, namely objective, eventhough it means going against the grain, I once more sincerely applaud you Robert. Kind regards, A.M.
   comment# 60   - Antony Mous · Tana, Malagasy Republic (aka Madagascar) · Jun 22, 2007 @ 8:56pm

I too would rather see an amazing animal such as this alive and thriving in it's natural environment. I am a native Texan born in San Antonio but raised in Houston. I have hunted and fished since I was a small boy. I have also been taught by my father & grandfather to respect fish, wildlife and the earth we live on but most importantly they taught me not to judge people of the world whom practiced different beliefs are cultures. Thank you for your kind words Antony, I do appreciate them. I hope you have many safe adventures in your life. RR
   comment# 61   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 26, 2007 @ 4:17pm

Jack - What a suprise, a Frenchman who disdains an American! You called me spoiled, you have no idea where I grew up other then I live in the states! I am not trying to pass my beliefs on anybody. I simply don't think that Asian nations should be continued to slaughter, rape, and pillage OUR environments! Notice how I said OURS, because it's exactly that. Just because a river runs through China, like the Yantze, doesn't mean it's CHINA"s river to destroy! It's part of nature and the distruction of that river has domino effects that ripple through the ecosystem, that effects a hell of a lot more then just China. So listen up, it might be true that I don't live on 50 cents a day, but it doesn't give you/or anybody for that matter, the right to destroy the world around you! Jack were you in China during that starvation, drought, war that you speak of? No you weren't, you didn't experience it either. I highly doubt you live on 50 cents either, so how dare you throw these things in my face, simply because I'm an American. Chances are you have it just as good as me. As far as nobody liking America, you might be right, but I know one thing is for sure, the next time your pathetic countries in trouble, your people will be begging for us to bail you out, yet once again! Thanks for the Statue of Liberty!
   comment# 62   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Jun 28, 2007 @ 7:46am

Here you go again Brendan Maas, it's one contradiction after another with you. On one post it's not OUR environment but the sharks now you call it all ours. And here you go again spouting personal insults as well as Insulting Countries. We Americans are spoiled brats for the most part. We can drive or walk two minutes and get a big mac, mexican food, chinese food, seafood ,or just junk food from a convience store, what ever we feel like. You have no right to judge these people or any one else whacko. Go watch some more Tv while other people live REAL life. Any sensible person would surely like for endangered animals to be spared, but this one fed a lot of hungry PEOPLE.
   comment# 63   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 28, 2007 @ 4:08pm

Folks, what we have is an example of how Chinese people are just barbaric, uncivilized, and close to people living in the stone age. The chinese people are what civilization that time forgot. They are barbaric and have no regard to life on this earth. They might as well eat their young.
   comment# 64   - Jacque Kewstoaue · White Settlement, Texas · Jul 8, 2007 @ 11:18am

Brendan has as much right to "China Bash" as Robert & Antony have with their opinions. However the real issue here is China is the main driver behind shark fin soup. Fishing boats are not just finning in the China Sea (none left) but entering Marine Parks and territorial waters all over the planet to participate in this sick practice. The rarer sharks become, the higher the price of a fin becomes which in turn makes it a more exclusive dish. This has the effect of fisherman going to extreme lengths to catch the few remaining sharks whether in a protected environment or not. Face facts, sharks are doomed and will be gone in 20 years. And for that reason alone I dislike the Chinese nation.
   comment# 65   - Paul · Reading, UK · Jul 11, 2007 @ 3:55pm

way to kill the harmless shark go kill a great white shark the ones that actually kill humans
   comment# 66   - Steve Wright · Santa Ana, USA · Jul 12, 2007 @ 1:50am

Thank you Paul from Reading. Robert, first off, the first line in your rambling post makes zero, absolutely zero sense. Secondly, I'm not going to apologize because we have the luxuries of the things mentioned above in your post, like Mcdonalds, mexican food, etc. That's not my fault. I can tell you this though, just because we have those things does not make it right to slaughter an endangered species!! That is the whole point here. If you have to kill an animal to eat, do it, but don't kill one that is endangered. Funny you call me out on making personal insults, then call me a whacko. Robert you are less then an intelligent person, and when it comes to the environment and it's inhabitants you should just keep your mouth shut!
   comment# 67   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Jul 12, 2007 @ 9:33am

Thank God this world is full of different cultures people and opinions and Closed minded, far left, my opinion is fact thinking people like you B.Maas are a rare minority. Every nation on the planet has and will continue their way of life regardless of your insults. It's very easy for Superior people (what a joke) like you to insult and condemn a culture that you will never understand because of where you were raised. I too will not apologize for being an American, I believe it's the greatest Country in the world as most people will believe the country where they were raised is the best. But if My family and my people were hungry, food wasn't just around the corner, I didn't have the money for what ever reason to buy food, I would have gladly participated in eating this magnificient creature. bm you say my first line makes no sense, you have posted so many rantings that you don't even know what you have posted. You claim intelligience but do you actually even read and try to comprehend other peoples opinions are the context of their posts. I have took the time to read your posts on sites that I have also been interested in and every one of your posts insults someone personally and or their place of residence. From what I have read from you, you are a whacko galore, and do nothing for OUR environment except rant and rave, Stay in school you need more of it. Keep on fishing it's great family sport.
   comment# 68   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska , Texas · Jul 12, 2007 @ 5:56pm

now i m an adolescent myself and hav been a hunter since 8 years old, but i do have respect for animals, especially shaks. Animals are Animals, and they shouldn't be treated as humans, but they deserve dignity and repect. when i hunt, i hunt with passion and try to help the environment, cause deer can spread disease if they overpoluate and kill other animals from lack of food. but sharks are different. they have been around from 400 million years ago, and have been hunters all their life. then we humans come alomg, take their land and territory, invade their personal space, and expect them to deal with it? as if we're better? we're not! if it weren't for animals, We'd be extinct! and everyone on this earth needs to get over th fact that Jaws isn't true. everyoneis so ignorant. we kill over 100 million sharks each year and cut them up for testing saying we're "saving" them, but they dont complai. Meanwhile, on average 5 humans die ayear from sharks, and everyone suddenly thinks thet're evil and shuld be killed! have they looked around!! look at tigers, and loins and bears and even elephants!! they kill more people than sharks do, yet people love them like their own children. it's wrong. no one has any respect anymore unless you have money. I HATE MONEY!! the things people will do for it! one day we're all gonna REALLY screw up and say, "what the hell were we thinking?", but it'll be too late. and i hop
   comment# 69   - alex anonymous · anonymous · Jul 30, 2007 @ 5:32pm

As someone has commented these ppl don't have a lot of food .. well that sounds like a government problem...instead of slaughtering the fish maybe you should think about doing that to the inept government leaders who keep the people poor so they can retain power....think about it!
   comment# 70   - Johnny America · Destrehan, Louisiana · Jul 31, 2007 @ 3:05am

I dont think they would have fed as many people as the fish
   comment# 71   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Sep 18, 2007 @ 4:27pm

all one needs to do is look at the photo, then one realises that its wrong its very fornicating wrong , and thats that boys and girls.
   comment# 72   - tom farley · london · Nov 1, 2007 @ 2:01am

I cant believe it!!! They're KILLING endangered animals... they've totally lost their minds!!! those fisherman think they can just wipe out all life in water! i am just D I S G U S T E D!!!!!!!!!!
   comment# 73   - Person · South Africa · Nov 11, 2007 @ 8:43am

i dont like that it doesnt get to be free but that is huge =]]
   comment# 74   - audrey · lalalala · Nov 25, 2007 @ 5:23pm

you are freaks for killing a whale sharks
   comment# 75   - someone · a place · Dec 12, 2007 @ 5:45am

Lets slice and dice the Damn Ignorant Fishermen that wasted such a beautiful creature. When are we going to wake up to the way that they are so careless with the creatures of the world? I say lets boycott every thing Chinese till they make changes... Lets do it now !!
   comment# 76   - One Pissed Off Dude · Redondo Beach, California · Dec 21, 2007 @ 2:44pm

I believe that this article is very disappointing to everybody in the world. People are trying to protect endangered species, yet some of the countries eat them... does not make any sense what so ever. ever so disgusting and disrespectful.
   comment# 77   - Nagisa · Tokyo, Japan · Dec 30, 2007 @ 1:26am

You are all such tree hugging losers! It's a freaking fish, and probably a delicious one. Get a life and stop worrying about mindless fish! The human race would be better off without idiots who make a big deal over every little animal that is killed for food. It's called the food chain and we are at the top, get used to it!
   comment# 78   - All you tree huggers need a life · Wilmington, Delaware · Feb 10, 2008 @ 6:00pm

   comment# 79   - Nick · sydney australia · Feb 17, 2008 @ 7:25pm

Ease up Nick and all you tree huggers
   comment# 80   - John · Ireland · Feb 19, 2008 @ 10:53am

Toss me a salad and throw me a slab of that sweet steak.We all have to eat. we eat fish every day . so why not a shark
   comment# 81   - Herbert · usa · Apr 15, 2008 @ 3:20pm

We should stop killing these sea animals just for food and to fish they should have a life to. What if you were shark or a fish fighting for your life these in danger animals? What did these poor creatures do to you? They are just killing people and animals because their lives are worst than humans because of us. Once i read this book about sharks nature and it says that boots, makeup and some other stuff you dont want to use again like AVON soap and leather boots. What you eat out of fish is a part of sharks. What part you eating is the shark family just a little. Sharks are just afraid of people because around 10 years ago people were killing sharks for just fun but why they guard their home is because it is their property and so many people were trespassing by swimming and fishing and sea boating. Ya sometimes its kind of fun to some people once they first killed a shark because they know that they would do it muchmore. They would tell their friends and they would tell their friends and people would love or like to kill sharks. Sharks dont want to die just we dont want to die like them. I LOVE SHARKS PERIOD! WHALE SHARKS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL UR less than intelligent person.
   comment# 82   - SUECAT · NEWBURY, OHIO · Apr 16, 2008 @ 12:42pm

It makes me sick to look at that picture and to read that article
   comment# 83   - Robert Campbell · Redmond, Oregon United States · Apr 23, 2008 @ 9:30am

Tega lo...
   comment# 84   - Semplakatapluk · Jakarta,Indonesia · May 1, 2008 @ 7:47pm

Whale sharks aren't endangered. Suggest you do some research before blowing vague incorrect statements out of your hindquarters along with the winged monkeys.
   comment# 85   - Eugene · New York, NY USA · May 7, 2008 @ 12:51pm

sun tzu u r realy sad every living thing on these planet is important even whales
   comment# 86   - KCI · NZ · May 8, 2008 @ 12:24am

It breaks my heart to look at this image. Its such a shame at how uneducated these Asian countries are when it comes to protecting our animals and planet...yet they seem so educated in all other areas...I think its their way of choosing to be completely "ignorant" about it.
   comment# 87   - Vivian Andersen · Sydney, Australia · May 17, 2008 @ 9:17pm

these fishermen aren't hardcore, they are murderous idiots, killing such a gentle giant as a whale shark, i'm sorry but surely the person writing this story realises that this is a plankton feeder that keeps to itself and as far as i know has never attacked anything but plankton. these men have nothing to be proud of.
   comment# 88   - meg · lincolnshire, england · May 29, 2008 @ 3:36pm

Talking about these issues with people from China is like talking to a brick wall. No matter what arguments you throw at them, they still find ways to justify the slaughter of every endangered animal alive. Shark population down 90% in 15 years, whales are close to extinction and they still justify their actions. They won't stop until the last specimen of sharks and whales are wiped out from the face of the planet and then they'll find a new animal to kill. When finning sharks, why don't you eat the rest of it? That would feed a lot of people. Don't feed us the bull scat about the poor fisherman who has to feed his family. What will you tell future generations when they ask why there're no whales, sharks, tigers, rhinos etc? They tasted too good? Shame on you, I know you won't learn until it's too late, you never have!
   comment# 89   - Magnus · Sweden · Jun 2, 2008 @ 9:06am

Well, I was actually doing a search for local Chinese restaurants that DON'T serve sharkfin soup, and I inadvertently got this lovely little article. I almost threw up. Needless to say I will go Italian instead. I think that there are a couple of interesting points raised here, 1 is China is definitely poor. That said, they don't just eat fish. They eat anything from the ocean with a pulse. Not just China either, if you're going to dis a nation for something, you might as well be fair and dis them all. 2, there are A LOT of uneducated people out there. Killing Sharks goes beyond cruel slaughter, although that is definitely something to think about. We're taking out the Apex Predator. We're killing our oceans. The poeple who eat shark don't eat it because they're POOR, they eat it because they're WEALTHY. It's a STATUS symbol. Poor people eat cheap fish, crappy fish that breed like crazy and repopulate over night. That's how the poor afford it. The sharks are all being slaughtered so someone can look all fancy, and they're only becoming more and more expensive and endangered. The powers that be are more concerned with the billions the sharkfin industry brings in than the fact that it's brutal and archaic. We, as a human race, need to fix this before it's too late. It's downright depressing. And I don't think it's fair to blame it all on China. It's in our own backyard, Sharkfin soup can be found all over Canada and the US.
   comment# 90   - Tammie · Calgary, Canada · Jun 3, 2008 @ 12:22pm

Another thing. Don't give me that "fat cat american vs starving asian" crap. Wrong is wrong. I don't agree with finning an animal and throwing it in the ocean alive to sink to the black depths and suffocate on the bottom. I don't care how starving I am. That's sick. People do crazy things when they're starving, even resort to cannibalism. This is much much worse, it's .. it's unspeakable cruelty to a creature we depend on to help sustain a liveable planet. Sick. There's no excuse, except the almighty dollar. gross. ugh. Everyone needs to watch "Sharkwater" at least once, just to start beginning to understand what's going on. God help us.
   comment# 91   - Tammie · Calgary, Canada · Jun 3, 2008 @ 2:50pm

Brendan Maas...I frequent a lot of message boards and your comment must be one of the most retarded I've ever had the misfortune of reading. You're saying the world would be better off if some of the Asian nations (which ones? China and who else?) were gone...that's over 1.3 Billion people - 99.99999% of which had nothing to do with this photo - wiped off the face of the map because of your righteous indignation. Also, in one sentence you say that developing nations need to help themselves because Western Nations would be blamed for interfering if they extended a helping hand. I'm not sure if you know what the IMF and the World Bank have done to developing nations. Look up structural adjustment. America and its brand of democracy is not for everyone. Now, this picture is graphic, no doubt. But think of the steak on your plate. The cows are forced to live in confined spaces and force fed corn 24/7 to fatten them up until they are slaughtered. I don't see you up in arms about that. All I'm saying is that let your emotions cool down a bit from the shock of the image, then do some research. The USA and Canada are among some of the most privileged nations on the planet. You, hopefully have never had to go hungry. But many people kn the world subsist on less than $1 a day. Where is the compassion for these people?
   comment# 92   - Sam · Toronto, Canada · Jun 5, 2008 @ 4:17pm

Magnus, this photo is not representative of finning. If anything, it shows that these people are killing the animal for food. Also, to the many posters who talking about boycotting Chinese products...I don't see how veering into boycotts will help at all. Going to go a bit off topic here but these posters don't seem to understand simple economics. First of all, do you realize how many items are produced in China? I would venture to guess that for most people, more than half of what is in your house is made in China. Like it or not, many of these Asian nations are an integral part of YOUR life. Think of what you paid for any item in your house. Now if the Asian nations aren't making your products, how much do you think it would cost for you to buy that item? We're talking prices that may be triple or quadruple what you pay now.
   comment# 93   - Sam · Toronto, Canada · Jun 5, 2008 @ 4:33pm

How is it harsh. Its called prey and predator. Facts of life. Got a problem? go do something.
   comment# 94   - Justin Goldston · Bellingham United States · Jun 7, 2008 @ 4:57pm

How sick! These creatures are some of the most magnificent in the world! And the fact, that anybody could slaughter them in such a horrific way makes me remember how abusive and greedy the world is. Things like this make me wonder what the world will do when ALL of our great beasts are gone. Will we be sorry?
   comment# 95   - haylee · gilmer, united states · Jun 23, 2008 @ 6:14pm

sounds like a bunch of peta members and Asian haters crying on this thread. go hug a tree
   comment# 96   - john smith · houston, texas · Jun 24, 2008 @ 2:47am

that is so mean they don't even do anything to the human raise and the people in china just going to eat it that shows there selfish to water creatures
   comment# 97   - dasiy · uk · Jun 26, 2008 @ 11:33am

Quote"By the way fish screams too, we can't hear it, but if you drop it in the water, other will scatter( has been scientifically proven)" if this is true then explain why other fish continue to bite and not scatter
   comment# 98   - Jason · L.A, USA · Jul 2, 2008 @ 5:41pm

Sharks scare me. But, i have this thing about them. I'm like obsessed. I went to New Zealand and I found a shark tooth. I can't stop thinking about sharks anymore. I don't know why. It's weird.
   comment# 99   - Diana · Alberta Canada · Jul 5, 2008 @ 5:10pm

we should kill all sharks because people should wanna go into the water with out being harmed or frightened and just have fun because people are more important!):
   comment# 100   - mandy · ierland · Jul 7, 2008 @ 8:06pm

we should kill all sharks because people should wanna go into the water with out being harmed or frightened and just have fun because people are more important!):
   comment# 101   - mandy · ierland · Jul 7, 2008 @ 8:06pm

There wasn't anything wrong with what Brendan said (June 28, 2007). Come on Jack from Paris, You've bailed us out (revolutionary war), we've bailed you out (WWII) We've made our mistakes, but all of us have. All we can do is learn from them. Americans by the way donate more money to world causes than any other country, by far, fact. Don't always think that we are in agreement with what our government does. The point is, we are all in this together, it's our world no matter where you live. All most of us are saying is if it's an endangered species than protect it so it's not gone forever. And with what Brendan said, thanks for the Statue of Liberty!
   comment# 102   - Jeff · Seattle, Wa U.S.A. · Jul 10, 2008 @ 7:08pm

That is horrible a whale shark is a beautiful gentle creature. why kill them?. thats so ignorant. I dont understand some people
   comment# 103   - Shana · Flag AZ · Jul 13, 2008 @ 2:51pm

its a friggin' fish and they wanna eat it it fed 5000 friggin' people for god sakes....... ur tellin me that if u in a staving village in China or wherever the hell this is u wouldnt eat the damn shark... if u say no your a damn liar
   comment# 104   - Bill · Hawaii · Jul 18, 2008 @ 9:54pm

Those people have never had any respect for life of any kind for an animal or fish either, read their history, they kill it, they eat it. This was a total waste of life, yet they get away with it..disgusting as heck! !
   comment# 105   - song_sung_blue · Tyler Texas USA · Jul 28, 2008 @ 3:50pm

If you guys tasted whale shark you'd understand. Everybody knows that the more rare and beautiful an animal is, the more delicious it tastes.
   comment# 106   - Pat · Sydney, Australia · Aug 13, 2008 @ 7:31pm

Okay, folks, before you all get your underwear in a knot, understand something. Bill, brah, they're not feeding '5000 friggin people'. Shark meat is a delicacy in China. Only the rich will ever get a piece of that. Since 90% of the shark population has dropped in the last decade, the whale shark has been targeted for fins as well. One dorsal of a large shark can command up to $10,000. This planet is one messed up place. Everything that is done is done for money or ego stoking. Children are not being taught that our blue back yard does NOT have unlimited resources. It is now kill the biggest, smile for the CANON, KODAK, whatever! Canada slaughters seals, China and Japan rape the oceans, taking everything from jellies, sea cucumbers, sharks (by the way they have hunted out most of their reef sharks, that's why they're going for the big pelagic ones), they are now hunting whales, dolphins and feeding the meat to their children who will probably die off from mercury poisoning. The US is no better. With our HUMANE ways of electrocuting chickens, beheading pigs, cows, etc. We continue to turn a blind eye and head to Safeway, Costco, Foodland, & pick out the best & biggest steaks, right? You're right, boycotting China goods won't help the animals. At a Chinese restaurant, DEMAND shark fin soup come off the menu, WALK OUT. If we all do this, they'll get the message. No demand, No need hunt them. No market for the soup? GO PEOPLE!!
   comment# 107   - Kimo · Hawaii · Aug 16, 2008 @ 8:53pm

Mandy this shark is harmless it is one of the seas large beautiful creatures! These people have one thing on their mind which is GREED! anything that moves they eat! How would you like to be slaughtered like this animal. I find that there is nothing worse that slaughtering an innocent animal just for the sake of it. What not just eat normal food like everyone eles?!
   comment# 108   - Zoe · NZ · Sep 15, 2008 @ 2:29am

None of you are going to do anything about this anyways. What would you do? Spray paint fur coats? Do a pointless protest in front of somewhere? It's a different culture who will NEVER understand liberal or more modern ways. EVER. You same liberal sissies who demand that something gets done are the same ones who are scared to be on the front lines to make any kind of change. These whales are not endangered all over. They should be, but the constant nagging comments about how wonderful and beautiful they are are getting old. Even some of the coarser critics here who talk about eating a whale steak would admit they're beautiful creatures. It is sad in a way, but even if they're not feeding 5000 people, the poor village will be getting the money from their vendors or government to keep on surviving. They will NEVER change. It's about as stupid as thinking we can have peace in the middle east. If America did go over to China to make them stop their ways, you'd have a whole other, bigger, group of liberals upset over that.
   comment# 109   - Jack · United States · Sep 25, 2008 @ 4:22pm

well your a part of the human race so i guess that means you disgust yourself! ur such an less than intelligent person. you should throw yourself off a bridge!
   comment# 110   - hooba · tawian · Oct 12, 2008 @ 10:14am

i don't see how you can eat that big fish, when it is so amazing, why eat something that has been in the sea, happily swimming. i know that it might be harmful, nut it is the only biggest fish yet. i cant believe that it fed 5000 people though. still it is as sick rear orifice you can get, why didn't you just keep it in a huge tank or something? your just mingin.
   comment# 111   - unknown · england · Oct 27, 2008 @ 4:29am

Alright you stupid people!! It is a freakin whale for crying out loud.People over there dont have any mopney to eat, so they eat what they can get. ANyways there is plenty of them out there. and all the people griping, dont even know half the stuff anout fishing! so stop being stupid and get over yourself
   comment# 112   - Brenton · Tulsa Oklahoma · Nov 18, 2008 @ 6:40am

I have read alot of the reponses on this issue and many of them just respond with so much disgust about the fact China is eating a fish. The outrageous responses wont stop developing countries from eating meat, fish and vegetables. If people who are against these sort of things don't engulf themselves into the reasons behind why other cultures do what they do, than there will never be an understanding. Whale sharks are endangered and therefore they shouldn't be killed. But the only way we can have more whale sharks is if the people that eat them and hunt them are shown how to preserve them so that their numbers are at strength to be hunted, first by lottery, than by quota and finally by season. This will only happen when the people with much can show the people with little how to preserve. But the way it looks, many of "US" are way to ignorrant and predjudiced to even want to try and the result will be No more whale sharks.
   comment# 113   - Jack · From USA · Dec 31, 2008 @ 7:28pm

I think what these people are doing is horrible because the whale shark is amazing shark to study about i think what people do to sharks are crazy they are amazing sharks and i like studying about them i think people should stop killing sharks and other amazing animals.
   comment# 114   - JENNIFER · MIAMI,FLORIDA · Jan 31, 2009 @ 8:16pm

Okay guys. I'm sure most of the people posting here are lower to middle class American young people. That said, these "hardcore" fishermen are trying to eat and earn a buck. They live in China, where there lives over a billion people. Thats a lot of people to feed. A catch like that can feed thousands, and its all used too. But as privlaged Americans we feel the need to push our point of view on other cultures because killing an "endangered animal" is wrong right? I guess, but I'm sure most of us had never had to go with out food before. As unemployment rises around the world, and some begin to see their standard of living resemble something closer to a "hard core" fisheman, maybe we can give these guys a break. And recognize that none of us have any right to judge these people. Maybe we could be a little more humble in the fact that nobody who posts in here will ever know the life of a Chinese fisherman. Fish sticks anyone?
   comment# 115   - Stevo · Dallas TX · Apr 9, 2009 @ 5:56pm

This is sick.
   comment# 116   - Ydarb · Port charlotte, FL · Apr 17, 2009 @ 8:38am

It is really sad and disgraceful to see the majestic whale shark got cut to slices like salmon.It is a delicacy for the rich obviously.I guess some people just want to have the bragging rights to have eaten a whale shark and then laugh it off. Oh well, the world is full of the good excuses, the bad intentions and the ugly behavior.Let us, as individuals, try our best to save Gaia by using less plastics and more biodegradable products. :)
   comment# 117   - Fitznoah · Singapore, Sg · Apr 23, 2009 @ 11:27pm

u know what, iv been reading alot of these comments and it seems to me that sum of you (not all) just have it out for china. other wise what they did was wrong but just for the fact that they killed a tiger shark.
   comment# 118   - mari · az · Apr 29, 2009 @ 4:59am

i love sharks there my favorite thing in the world i think there soooo interresting and that pic at the top of this page made my eyes drop
   comment# 119   - alyssa · la · Jun 4, 2009 @ 4:03pm

I just want to the "i've been a fisherman since i was 6" guy...your a f'n are you going to say all that miss and call yourself a must be vegan now or a closet meat eater! Everyone eats fish...I know you do so don't bring the whole fish has feelings thing up....saying that and calling yourself a should get punched in the face! I'm not happy with what they did to that shark either and they should be ashame for being a "hardcore" fisherman....there are other meats out there and as long as everything is WELL PROPORTIONED there shouldn't be a problem. The Chinese do need to learn NOT to touch ENDANGERED species and YOU sir NEED to learn NOT to be a HYPOCRITE! rear orifice!!!
   comment# 120   - jane · your mom, here · Jun 10, 2009 @ 2:08pm

Wow. Such a magnificent creature and they went and killed it. That is horribly sick. Whale sharks are amazing creatures that do nothing to hurt us. A$#S!!
   comment# 121   - scott · Canada MB · Jul 5, 2009 @ 1:30pm

i do a lot of fishing & have caught some big fish in my life, i also know how to catch & release, maybe they should have released it just cuz of how big it was, but also these people like me know that there r a lot of starving people out there & if it's going 2 help feed lots of people than do so!!! got put animals on the earth for a purpose, not just to admire. if we did that all the time animals would b taking over the world!
   comment# 122   - -C- · usa · Jul 30, 2009 @ 12:22pm

"to most western ppl, killing a shark sounds terrible. why? because 'you have a lot to eat'. in China, fishman usually earn less than $10 PER DAY!! so, tell me, if u were them. would u release such a big fish?? these fishman are NOT sick , they're needy! if u guys really care about the environment, you'd better find a means to help poor countries. - Chinese OZ China Mar 25, 2007 @ 6:40pm" When you countries get yourself into this mess- you expect help out if it? Natural Selection and Survival of the fittest. If this is the effect that you have on the planet, you dont deserve help.
   comment# 123   - Natalie · Australia · Aug 19, 2009 @ 10:22pm

Sorry to say each country had its flaw, China kill dog and cat, hunt shark, American hunt buffalo almost to its extinction, I also hunt some Australia location hunt sperm whale for food. If I have to say China here at least have a better reason to kill a whale to feed a starving village than American hunting buffalo for sports. Is easy to say why can't the Chinese just kill domestic farm animal for food, but when a country that has half the worlds population, there aren't that much farm animal to pass around. Let be honest here is human nature that given the choice between starving to death or grab a knife and kill something. All of us goner pick the latter, even if u are willing to pick starving to death, how about having a family a ten yr old child standing next to u, can anyone here honestly say they can just stand there and watch there own child starve to death. All in all I am not saying is the right thing to kill a magnificant animal like this for food. But I kind of understand the need of killing whatever we can find if food is limited. Plus like I say is better that it is use to feed the starving here than watching a pic of a pair of fishingman holding a 200 pound fish as sports.
   comment# 124   - Mike · JC,USA · Oct 7, 2009 @ 6:09pm

why should a fisherman know how to preserve fish
   comment# 125   - earl brian basiga · yati lilo-an cebu pilipinas · Oct 20, 2009 @ 4:29am

Sweet! I wonder what a whale shark tastes like? If it's anything like swordfish, I'm in!
   comment# 126   - Matt · Adrian, Mi · Oct 21, 2009 @ 11:21am

Well, the Chinese might think over fishing the sea is a good thing to do but once the whales and fish are gone they are never gonna come back. Thousands of people will starve, go poor and we will never be able to enjoy these magnificent creatures ever again. It is truely disgusting what some people do for a living and even worse put it on the internet :[
   comment# 127   - Michael Nugent · WA, Australia · Nov 13, 2009 @ 1:23am

If It tastes it 1 billion people cant eat chickens, it isnt enough of those there im sure
   comment# 128   - unknown · geo:lat=39.87874573901833 geo:lon=-86.215255558490 · Dec 7, 2009 @ 9:48pm

I can understand the horror of watching your children slowly starving and the heaven sent luxury of feeding them cheap shark meat. Please, everyone else consider this; the shark is the least evolved animal on this planet and the one animal that is perfect for this biosphere. Before we eat them all, we should find out why their the only animal on this planet that can not get cancer
   comment# 129   - Jack Mcdonald · Victoria, Canada · Feb 6, 2010 @ 12:20am

All I can say is YUM! But let's try not to eat them all..
   comment# 130   - Ms Partial · UK · Mar 5, 2010 @ 2:48am

How would you prepare that? I prefer it blackened but with these larger slices i dont know how you could do that. I would be interested to know how they got this bbqd up.
   comment# 131   - Randy · Dallas · Apr 7, 2010 @ 8:35am

Wow have you people never been hungry? Its true that the whale shark is harmless to humans but they eat harmless little animals themselves, and guess what those little animals eat other harmless little creatures or algae etc.. its the food chain of life. Respect it don't anthropomorphize it, as long as they do not over harvest the fish why bother if you are not hungry don't eat it. Just think of all the ants you have killed in your stroll through a park? Cry for them you callous lot.
   comment# 132   - Kevin · Sheridan, WY · Apr 10, 2010 @ 9:20am

as far as i see it, eat what you will as long as it does not disturbe the natural order of things. this, I feel is does just that! we have to learn to harvest our environement in a a way that serves the greater good for all (man and animal alike). if we are oblivious to this we end up like the many other biengs that have failed to find a balence. in my little corner of the world we have delt with several hard winters, and dry summers, which has lead to a lower pop. of large game. these are not threatened sp. my point is with good management any resource is harvestable. of course this mean BE RESPONCIBLE!
   comment# 133   - oko · oak creek,usa · Jun 4, 2010 @ 11:04pm

Isnt that illegal? not to mention wrong!!
   comment# 134   - Zach · USA · Aug 30, 2010 @ 7:21am

Come on guys it tasted awesome!!
   comment# 135   - JImmyd · aWESOMETOWN · May 24, 2011 @ 11:07pm

YOu guys are tree hugging idiots. Theres this thing called the food chain and another thing called survival of the fittest. It is comonly western people who disagree with this but what you dont understand is theres millions of people living in those parts of the world that adapt to their envirnment and eat what the land provides to survive. If theres only whales to eat I say eat the sh*it out of it. You want to help them?.. Send some A1 steak sauce. They are killed not for another reason but to feed off. That sounds perfectly humane to me as eating to survive is as humane as living. What about this. poor cows we kill here 1,000 1,000 everyday wheeh wheeh wheeh.. If your hungry grab a snickers. I perfer a steak. and if there is only whale steak then there better be seconds!
   comment# 136   - American joe · Milwaukee Wi · Nov 16, 2011 @ 11:49am

Be real ladies and gents,not all asians eat endangered species,just like not like all whites are skinheads and rednecks.Do the math,there are over a billion people in china alone.If all asians did this they wouldn't be any wild life left to speak off.Only a minority are doing this so lets leave the all asians are evil xenophobia out of this.The population of sturgeon is also dwindling and westerners are still having caviar so lets look at this objectively not racialy.
   comment# 137   - Will · Auckland,NZ · Jan 19, 2012 @ 9:19am

this sucks.. china stop eating eendangered species. stop killing shark. you bastard people
   comment# 138   - van · california, usa · May 24, 2012 @ 2:22am

its a fish. deal with it. i think theres more comments on this post about china eating a whale shark then there is about americans eating americans lol. even if the world was perfect, people will always less than respectable female about something.
   comment# 139   - Mike · USA · May 25, 2012 @ 12:01pm

That's terrible. When the sharks and all other animals are gone, they'll face themselves or invade the rest of the world.
   comment# 140   - Richard · Nigeria · Aug 9, 2012 @ 5:13pm

I can't believe this. The Chinese people can't help themselves let alone a magnificent animal such as the whale shark. Not mentioning that it is an endagered species. For comments such as mikes (comment#139), i believe its typical for an American such as yourself to act in such away. You have no respect.
   comment# 141   - Jacob · Brisbane, Australia · Aug 9, 2013 @ 4:37pm
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