Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Giant hammerhead shark caught in Oman; see the sad video

Giant hammerhead shark is caught off Oman. Generic photo of a
hammerhead shark is courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife

A fisherman in Oman is seen standing next to a giant hammerhead shark he caught in a video presented on YouTube by Animal Wire.

The hammerhead shark is absolutely huge.

Sadly, this 15-foot-plus hammerhead shark is probably destined to become shark fin soup. It can fetch up to $100 per pound for the fins. Watch Animal Wire’s report:

Apparently, sharks have several purposes in Oman.

From Fishing Oman
Sharks have a special place in Oman’s history; the flesh is used in a number of traditional dishes and the oil from their livers is used to waterproof the hulls of wooden dhows. Archaeological studies have revealed the presence of shark remains in old settlements, indicating that they have been utilized for centuries, and possibly even millennia. It is therefore no surprise to find that sharks still form an important part of the fishing and culinary cultures of modern Oman. However with the increasing demand for shark fin for use in the Far East there has been a serious decline in catches and landings of sharks from Oman’s coastal waters. Consequently, now more than ever, responsible catch and release angling for sharks should be encouraged and practiced.
At least the giant hammerhead shark in the video won’t just be used for shark fin soup. Still, it is a sad tale for such a beautiful and old hammerhead shark.

Now, more than ever, we need to get the word out on shark conservation.

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