Giant whale shark hauled onshore in Pakistan

Updated 12:30 PM ET, Wed February 8, 2012
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Pakistani fishermen use cranes to pull the carcass of a whale shark from the waters at a fish harbour in Karachi. AFP/Getty Images
The 40-foot whale shark, weighing about 7,000 kilograms, was found dead in the Arabian Sea. AFP/Getty Images
The sharks, which feed mainly on plankton, are described as gentle creatures that do not typically pose a threat to humans. AFP/Getty Images
Curious onlookers crowd around the carcass of the enormous sea creature. AFP/Getty Images
Usually found in tropical waters, whale sharks can live for about 70 years. AFP/Getty Images