Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Great white shark found dead in fisherman's net

What a beautiful creature! This great white shark displays such graceful moves. Posted by Hello

Fishermen trapped several great white sharks in waters off Yeosu, South Jeolla Province, Coast Guard said Monday, much earlier in the season and farther south than usual.

One male great white shark 3 meters long and weighing 1.5 tons was found dead on Sunday trapped in the net of a 46-year-old fisherman identified as Cho, half a mile east of Yeondo, Yeosu. A female great white shark measuring 4-5 meters and weighing 3 tons was also found in the man¡¯s nets last Thursday.

The sharks sold at auction for W350,000 (US$ 350) and W360,000. Auctioneers say sharks sell cheap as there is little demand.

Along with tiger sharks, great white sharks are considered the most violent species of man-eating sharks, familiar to the public thanks to ¡°Jaws¡±, Stephen Spielberg¡¯s 1975 film.
In Korea, man-eating sharks cause occasional casualties among divers on the west coast near North Jeolla and South Chungcheong Provinces in May and June, when water temperatures rise. However, this is the first time in more than 10 years that a cannibal shark appeared on the southern coast of Korea.

Coast Guard have beefed up patrols in the Yeosu area and urged residents to promptly report any sightings of man-eating sharks to police.


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