Outrage ensues after photo of slaughtered whale shark turns up on internet

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Outrage Ensues After Photo Of Slaughtered Whale Shark Turns Up On Internet

Whale sharks are enormous creatures who do not pose a significant threat to humans.

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They are also listed as protected, making their capture and sale illegal.

That didn't seem to stop one from being killed and hung on display in southwest China, according to RT.

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DONSOL, PHILIPPINES: A whale shark, nearly six meters (20 feet) long, swims with its huge mouth open near the surface of the plankton-rich water of Donsol town, 24 May 2007. The whale sharks (scientific name: Rhinchodon typus) have been slaughtered in some other parts of the country before, but environmentalist came to the rescue of the endangered giant fish and developed an eco tourism program for Donsol, turning what was once a backward fishing town in the eastern Philippines into a prime tourist spot offering visitors a swim with the whale sharks and transforming local fishermen into whale spotters, dive guides and whale protectors. AFP PHOTO/SCOTT TUASON (Photo credit should read SCOTT TUASON/AFP/Getty Images)
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NUMAZU, JAPAN - JANUARY 21: In this handout picture released by Awashima Marine Park, a 1.6 meter long Frill shark swims in a tank after being found by a fisherman at a bay in Numazu, on January 21, 2007 in Numazu, Japan. The frill shark, also known as a Frilled shark usually lives in waters of a depth of 600 meters and so it is very rare that this shark is found alive at sea-level. It's body shape and the number of gill are similar to fossils of sharks which lived 350,000,000 years ago. (Photo by Awashima Marine Park/Getty Images)
This picture taken on August 1, 2014 shows a dead whale shark being carried on a tractor in a seafood wholesale market in Xiangzhi township in Quanzhou, east China's Fujian province. Local fishermen caught the whale shark which they thought was a 'sea monster' and reported to local police after returning from the sea, local media reported. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on August 1, 2014 shows a dead whale shark being carried on a tractor in a seafood wholesale market in Xiangzhi township in Quanzhou, east China's Fujian province. Local fishermen caught the whale shark which they thought was a 'sea monster' and reported to local police after returning from the sea, local media reported. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
NUMAZU, JAPAN - JANUARY 21: In this handout picture released by Awashima Marine Park, a 1.6 meter long Frill shark swims in a tank after being found by a fisherman at a bay in Numazu, on January 21, 2007 in Numazu, Japan. The frill shark, also known as a Frilled shark usually lives in waters of a depth of 600 meters and so it is very rare that this shark is found alive at sea-level. It's body shape and the number of gill are similar to fossils of sharks which lived 350,000,000 years ago. (Photo by Awashima Marine Park/Getty Images)
NUMAZU, JAPAN - JANUARY 21: In this handout picture released by Awashima Marine Park, a 1.6 meter long Frill shark swims in a tank after being found by a fisherman at a bay in Numazu, on January 21, 2007 in Numazu, Japan. The frill shark, also known as a Frilled shark usually lives in waters of a depth of 600 meters and so it is very rare that this shark is found alive at sea-level. It's body shape and the number of gill are similar to fossils of sharks which lived 350,000,000 years ago. (Photo by Awashima Marine Park/Getty Images)
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Photos of the slain whale shark quickly began to circulate on social media, prompting outrage among many.

One person wrote, "I would like to string up whoever did this," notes GrindTV.

It's believed the shark in the disturbing images is the same one featured in an array of photos taken not long before, reports Shanghaiist.

In that set, the big fish is very much alive and moving peacefully through the waters near a offshore oil site.

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