Gargantuan great white shark carrying 14 baby sharks caught off NE Taiwan coast
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A huge great white shark measuring over 4 meters in length caught off the northeast coast of Taiwan Wednesday (March 20) was found to be carrying 14 baby sharks.
On Wednesday, a fisherman from Yilan caught a great white shark in Dong’ao Bay measuring 4.2 meters in length and weighing 1,170 kilograms, reported CNA. The fisherman sold the massive shark at an auction in the Nan-fang-ao Fishing Harbor in Su’ao Township, Yilan County for a price NT$58,500 (US$1,898) or NT$50 per kilogram.
Cheng Ming-hiou (鄭明修), a research fellow in the Biodiversity Research Center of Academia Sinica who has specialized in marine ecology for over 20 years, was cited by Liberty Times as saying that it was “the largest great white shark I have ever seen in my life.”
After an incision was made in the shark’s belly, a staggering 14 fully-formed baby sharks were found inside. Cheng said that before this find, the academic community was not very clear about the reproductive mode of the great white shark. [FULL STORY]