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Large white shark caught off Yilan

Large white shark caught off Yilan

Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) A large great white shark was caught Saturday by fishermen from the northeastern county of Yilan, which is a popular surfing destination in Taiwan. The great white shark, six meters long and weighing 1,750 kilograms, was netted off the county's Toucheng coast. It was sold for NT$150,000 (US$5,112) at a local market. Cheng Ping-hui, one of the 10 fishermen who caught the fish, said it was so big that it took them over an hour to haul it aboard. "I haven't caught sharks like that around here for years," said Cheng, who had earlier caught an 800 kilogram shark in the area about three years ago. "It was a pretty big fish." Cheng said he would like to continue netting sharks as this prevented surfers from getting hurt during their stay at the popular tourist destination and that it was a good thing to do. The prevalence of great white sharks in the region's waters was a good sign and indicated that marine ecology around the country had improved, Chuang Shou-cheng, Director at Department of Environmental Biology and Fisheries Science of National Taiwan Ocean University, said. (By Worthy Shen and Hanna Liu)