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Giant Great White Shark caught in taiwan

Re: Giant Great White Shark caught in taiwan

Postby finley » 03 Nov 2012, 12:17

I wonder if they even understand what extinction is.

Reminds me of something that happened about 15 years ago when I was coming to Taiwan on business trips. Local manager had brought us to some fancy restaurant - the sort where they look underneath rocks to find ingredients. Something that looks like a trilobite comes out on a plate. Manager leans over to me. "Very hard to get, this is. It's a protected species", he says with a wink.

Things have changed a bit since then, but not much.

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Re: Giant Great White Shark caught in taiwan

Postby tommy525 » 06 Nov 2012, 13:57

somewhat related:

Worlds rarest whale discovered ----- dead .
http://news.yahoo.com/worlds-rarest-wha ... 31330.html

at least they werent killed by humans (at least not that we know of, maybe naval sonar did them in)
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Re: Giant Great White Shark caught in taiwan

Postby bismarck » 06 Nov 2012, 14:21

tommy525 wrote:Goes to show:

1. shark attacks are rare in Taiwan but they have been known to happen.

Most probably another species, NOT a Great White, for several reasons.

tommy525 wrote: IIRC a young boy was eaten alive by a shark in Kending area a few years ago (the shark was never caught or identified, but believed to be a great white).

I heard it was a Bull Shark. Great Whites wouldn't have eaten him, most definitely not alive.

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Re: Giant Great White Shark caught in taiwan

Postby buzzkill1 » 16 Nov 2012, 21:45

Another great white shark caught Wednesday off the coast of Taidong. This one was a large female carrying 6 pups.
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Re: Giant Great White Shark caught in taiwan

Postby tommy525 » 17 Nov 2012, 00:07

This has to stop. A moratorium on catching big fish has to be set up before its too late.
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Re: Giant Great White Shark caught in taiwan

Postby headhonchoII » 17 Nov 2012, 08:31

The fisherman claimed it entered their nets by accident. It's a symptom of a wider problem of overfishing.
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Re: Giant Great White Shark caught in taiwan

Postby finley » 17 Nov 2012, 14:43

headhonchoII wrote:The fisherman claimed it entered their nets by accident. It's a symptom of a wider problem of overfishing.

Yes, he was probably telling the truth.
A Taiwanese fishing boat was impounded by South Africa in 2009 with an illegal load of shark fins (from 'finned' sharks):
http://www.allvoices.com/news/2731001/s ... shark-fins
And another one caught by pirates off Somalia the same year. What the fuck are Taiwanese boats doing out there, eh? Could it possibly be because African waters are so lawless they can do whatever they like? Got a little dose of their own medicine, anyway.

As far as I know, virtually nothing has changed since then: A Taiwanese boat was caught (by Greenpeace) off Palau just recently, finning sharks in a protected reservation; the Taiwanese are still renowned for activities in international waters (and poorly-regulated areas) that would be illegal within a national EEZ. Just google "Taiwanese" and "illegal fishing" if you want a list.

Yes, I know, virtually everyone else is at it too (mainland China has an even worse reputation). That doesn't make it right.
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