A huge basking shark of 3.5 tonnes and 20-foot (6.3-meter) long was captured off the coast of Portland in southern Australia. The huge fish was given to the museum of the city to conduct research on its presence in these waters. Basking sharks rarely progress in the southern hemisphere, only three basking sharks have been reported in 160 years, according to Museum Victoria. The last one caught off the country was in the 1930s.
The decision was certainly not intentional. This was the first time in 85 years that such a specimen was eradicated from the waters off Australia.
Although they would prefer the endangered shark “alive and in the sea,” the museum’s senior collections manager told the Guardian, “this is a fantastic opportunity and is also why we are so glad the skipper of the vessel is donating rather than discarding the shark.”