A disgusting video shows a whale shark butchered alive at a market in China.
A pair of men are seen sawing the live shark into pieces in Guangdong in front of a crowd of onlookers, who mostly react in disgust. The whale’s mouth can be seen moving in pain.
Whale sharks are counted as a second-class national protected animal in China, and they must be set free if caught by a fisherman. But people regularly flaunt this law, and they sell for big money.
This video is disturbing, you’ve been warned.
More info on the whale shark.
The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is a slow-moving filter feeding shark and the largest known fish. The largest ever had a length of 41.50 ft and weighed in at 47,000 lbs. Unconfirmed reports of considerably larger whale sharks exist.
There are claims of individuals over 46 ft long and weighing at least 66,000 lbs are not uncommon. The whale shark holds many records for sheer size in the animal kingdom, most notably being by far the largest living nonmammalian vertebrate.
The species originated about 60 million years ago.