Man carries two tonne whale shark on roof of tractor through town

A fisherman transports a dead whale shark after it was caught in fishermen's net, in Yangzhi...

A fisherman transports a dead whale shark after it was caught in fishermen's net, in Yangzhi county, Fujian province August 1, 2014. According to local media, the whale shark is five-metre-long and weighs over 2 tonnes. Picture taken August 1, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

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, Last Updated: 2:06 PM ET

A Chinese fisherman didn't realize the two-tonne "fish" he strapped to the roof of his truck was an endangered whale shark until authorities told him he couldn't sell it at the market.

Pictures of the 4.5-metre creature slung across the length of a tractor, its massive snout hanging off the back, caused a stir on China's Weibo social network, the U.K. Telegraph reports.

Cai Chengzhu was hauling the beast through the streets of Xiangzhi, in the eastern Fujian province, after finding it dead in his fishing net. He said he believes the animal ripped a huge hole in the net while going after the fish inside, and died when it struggled to get out.

He'd hoped to fetch between $1,700 and $3,500, the report says.

The whale shark is the largest fish in the world, capable of reaching lengths of 12 metres.


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