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

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This massive whale shark slowly swam right at me just below the surface in crystal clear water just off of Molokini Crater, Maui, Hawaii.

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.

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Tiburon prehistorico filmado vivo en Japan

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Basking shark or Cetorhinus maximus 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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)

Common Thresher Shark (Alopias vulpinus) swimming above a coral reef, Big Brother Island, Egypt.

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Thresher shark 

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Greenland shark

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Greenland Sleeper Shark, Somniosus microcephalus, and diver. St. Lawrence River estuary, Canada. Wild & unrestrained shark. 

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Greenland Sleeper Shark, Somniosus microcephalus, swimming over field of plumose anemones, Metridium senile. Parasitic Copepod, Ommatokoita elongata, attached to eye. St. Lawrence River estuary, Canada.

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Cornish fisherman Chris Bean's crewmate Mario 'Chino' Rios brings aboard a monkfish (which was later sold directly to the exclusive Paternoster Chop House in the heart of the City of London) caught using overnight nets, a few miles out to sea near Helford on February 25 2009 in Cornwall, England. The Cornish-born 61-year-old skipper of the vessel, the Lady Hamilton - which he had built a year after he started fishing professionally in 1972 - fishes most days, catching fish such as monkfish, sole and red mullet, as well as crab, using traditional, sustainable and environmentally friendly methods, which he then sells directly to local and national customers - including well known sushi eateries and exclusive restaurants in the heart of London. After being caught, the fish is brought ashore at Helford - which was at the centre of a planning row with local fishermen and second home-owners about the construction of a new jetty - is boxed in ice and sent by courier directly to national buyers, often leading to the fish being presented on the plates of restaurant customers in the capital less than 24 hours after being caught of the coast of Cornwall.

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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)

A 130-centimetre long goblin shark swims in a tank at the Tokyo Sea Life Park's aquarium in this handout photo taken on January 25, 2007 by the park in Tokyo. The Goblin Shark, a deep sea "living fossil" shark, was caught off the shallows of Tokyo Bay and survived barely a week in its new environment. The shark was the second deep sea shark to have been found in the same month.

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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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