Whale shark in Islamabad to become 'national heritage'

Published: February 17, 2012
According Pakistan Science Foundation's briefing, 15-tonne-heavy fish moved to museum where it will be preserved. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

According Pakistan Science Foundation's briefing, 15-tonne-heavy fish moved to museum where it will be preserved. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The whale shark which was found dead on the Karachi shore was shifted to the Pakistan Museum of Natural History in Islamabad on Friday, Express News reported.

According to the briefing of the Pakistan Science Foundation, the 15-tonne-heavy fish has been moved to the museum where it will be preserved and kept as a national heritage.

Earlier, officials from the Karachi Fish Harbour Authority had claimed that the fish was actually government property and could not be put on display and had added that Haji Qasim, the man who had bought the whale shark for Rs200,000 would be compensated.

According to the director general of the Marine Fisheries Department (MFD), Shaukat Hussain, the whale shark was a 40.1-foot long female and weighed 15 tonnes. He said that this was the second largest fish to be found in Pakistan.

The director general added that a 41.5-foot long whale shark was found off Karachi’s coast in 1947.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • Bilal
    Feb 17, 2012 - 3:56PM

    I think it belongs to Karachi coastal line area, and would make more sense if kept in Karachi, where it could attract a lot of tourists as well.


  • abdul moiz
    Feb 17, 2012 - 3:57PM

    excellent move.instead of making poultry feed out of it,it should be preserved in a museum.


  • Omar
    Feb 17, 2012 - 4:23PM

    For whatever you believe in’s sake…stop calling it a Whale Shark. Stop embarrassing yourself ET.


  • Sohail
    Feb 17, 2012 - 4:44PM

    Good its moved to the capital, we Karachiites have the sea, those who don’t can at least feel it, even a dead whale skeleton would help.. plus the world visits islamabad nd the city should show everything Pakistan.. great move it is!

    With love from Karachi, Pakistan


  • Bilal
    Feb 17, 2012 - 4:53PM

    if it would have found in Florida, would it be transferred to Washginton DC….?


  • Feb 17, 2012 - 4:55PM

    Thank God Osama was parceled to the Arabian Sea.. otherwise…Recommend

  • Bilal
    Feb 17, 2012 - 5:23PM


    its bad joke! which doesn’t make any sense.


  • Feb 17, 2012 - 5:39PM

    @Bilal: My sincere apologies my brother :)


  • Bilal
    Feb 17, 2012 - 5:48PM

    Bring to back to Karachi please.
    A Voice of karachiit.


  • Feb 17, 2012 - 6:00PM

    Good. Islamabad can keep the rotten fish.

    BTW surely they stuffed and embalmed it BEFORE transportation to Isloo. I can’t believe the carried all that rotting flesh to the other end of the country.


  • Acorn Guts
    Feb 17, 2012 - 6:11PM

    @Omar: What would you call a ‘Whale Shark’ if not ‘Whale Shark’? Don’t give me the species/genus, 99.9% of us won’t get a clue if you do.


  • Gibby
    Feb 17, 2012 - 6:21PM

    @Omar; Why not a whale shark Omar? An Orca perhaps, or maybe Willy?


  • Waqt-ka-Taqaaza
    Feb 17, 2012 - 7:37PM

    Except that in a few short weeks it will stink to high heaven due to putrefaction.


  • Cautious
    Feb 17, 2012 - 8:09PM

    LOL — a dead fish for national heritage – zindabad Pakistan.


  • Feb 17, 2012 - 8:15PM

    Why is it being sent to Islamabad? It belongs to SINDH & Karachi and should be preserved here. Wonder who had this brilliant idea to transport a Sea Animal to ISB? It makes complete sense to preserve the fish in Karachi where it was found.


  • Ummer
    Feb 17, 2012 - 8:55PM

    I don’t have any problem, as long as it’s eaten or fed or displayed or used in any way. As long as its not wasted. B happy dont fight over a dead fish :).


  • Blithe
    Feb 17, 2012 - 8:56PM

    Stop this petty provinvialism!!
    It is sickening,

    They are coastal waters of Pakistan , not Sindh.


  • mian mitho
    Feb 17, 2012 - 9:29PM

    Should be kept in Karachi’s national museum.


  • GS@Y
    Feb 17, 2012 - 10:48PM


    Why not call it a whale shark? It IS a whale shark… whale sharks are plankton feeders and the largest species of sharks. In fact, they are the LARGEST FISH in the world, seeing as how actual whales are mammals. Here is a clip from a NatGeo documentary on whale sharks, PLEASE watch (it is narrated for, it seems, which I think should help in your case):



  • GS@Y
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:11AM

    Sorry, that says narrated for kids up there…


  • Sohail
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:41AM

    First of all, all Karachi loyals, go on if u love ur city so much, take a step and clean your city, oh its a little big no? go ahead clean your street, oh no, its also a lil big, go on and clean the mess you made outside your house… oh for that matter you would have to leave this comfortable seat u sitting and typing hatred… dont be hypocritical, show your love to your city by doing something for it.. a dead fish in the museum will do no national good which doesnt even get maintained by the ppl you voted for.. oh you didn’t even vote! love the city? HUH!!
    btw! this whale shark was caught in a Balochistan, Pakistan Island, brought to Karachi by fisherman…
    From Karachi, PAKISTAN


  • usmanx
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:38AM

    Cautious, what does is matter to you what we put in our museums? Honestly, do you Indians NOT having anything else to do than obsess over Pakistanis?


  • A Rehman
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:21AM

    It is, in fact, called a Whale Shark – hence the headline.


  • Bilal
    Feb 18, 2012 - 5:42AM

    Its not about love or hate, its all about right and wrong, it doesn’t make any sense to transfer fish to the islamabad, asit belongs to coastal line, where it was found..
    Everyone loves Karachi.
    Thats why we want to see this fish somewhere near Karachi.Recommend

  • fazeel
    Mar 2, 2012 - 4:59PM

    This being Pakistan, I dont think they have the capabilities to preserve such a big fish.

    Do not be surprised if the museum starts smelling of rotting fish.


  • Mar 12, 2012 - 9:17AM

    One can hope that with the new-found attention the whale sharks have been receiving, there will be more International attention given to these magnificent creatures. Then, and only then, will they get the protection they need in order to stay off the endangered species list.


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