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Feb. 29, 2012, 5:53 p.m.
Fishermen use ropes and cranes on Feb. 7 to pull the carcass of a whale shark from the water at a harbor in Karachi, Pakistan.

Photo: Asif Hassan/Getty Images

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Reeling in a giant whale shark

Fishermen use ropes and cranes on Feb. 7 to pull the carcass of a whale shark from the water at a harbor in Karachi, Pakistan. The 40-foot whale shark, weighing about 6-7 tons, was found dead in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Karachi.

This shark, which is considered a vulnerable species due to habitat loss and destruction, later sold for 1.7 million rupees (about $18,000).