Saturday, October 19, 2013

Disturbing Video of Large Great White Being Taken to Market in Tunisia

Great white killed in Mahdia, Tunisia
A sad video has just appeared on LiveLeak which shows a very large great white being taken to market in Mahdia, Tunisia.

The video description was in broken English and it was difficult to understand.  But from what we can decipher, the shark weighed 3,000 pounds and was 13 feet (4 meters) in length.

The shark had been swimming 400 meters from shore in depths no greater than 7 meters and was in an area with floating fish cages being used to fatten blue fin tuna.  The cage operators felt the shark was a threat and subsequently, it was caught, killed and taken to market to be sold.

Tunisian fisherman shoot great white with shotgun rounds nearly 100 times
Tunisian fishermen shoot great white
This is the second troubling video concerning a great white in Tunisia within the year.  In December 2012, a number of Tunisian fishermen where caught on video shooting a great white numerous times with multiple weapons and then celebrating on top of the carcass.  That video is also posted below.

It's important to note that these two videos serve as a reminder that shark conservation efforts need to be global in nature.

Today's video posted by GMA and is 31 seconds in length.