Feb 072012

Giant Whale Shark Karachi

When we went to see the Planet Shark exhibit at the Museum of Nature and Science a few weeks ago, there was a nice, life size display of a variety of sharks against one wall.  The biggest we saw was the great white shark, but the giant whale shark that washed ashore in Karachi today (Feb 7th) is HUGE compared to that one!

Apparently this whale shark is about 40 feet long and about 6 feet in diameter. It was spotted about 10 days ago just of the coast of Karachi and washed ashore today where it had to be hoisted up by three canes.

Giant Whale Shark Found in Karachi

Local residents bid on the shark and it was sold for 1.7 million rupees (about $18,758 US dollars).  The whale shark is hunted for its meat, oil, and fins, etc.

Image Credit: Akhtar Soomro/ Reuters

Dec 292011

For the second year, the Museum will be open the entire holiday weekend – including New Year’s Day – with special extended hours on Friday and Sunday.  Highlights include a live shark feeding Friday (Dec. 30) at 11 a.m., a new children’s area within the 12,000-square-foot Planet Shark: Predator or Prey exhibition, Planet Shark family tours, daily live shows through Saturday (Dec. 31), and daily Planetarium shows and IMAX® films including Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure which returns Monday (Jan. 2). Also, The Trinity features winning photographs from the 2009 and 2010 Trinity River Corridor Project contests, plus a rotating selection of 2011 winning photographs.

Please note special holiday hours:

Friday (December 30): 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday (December 31): 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sunday (January 1): Noon – 6 p.m.
Monday (January 2): 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Visit http://www.natureandscience.org/ for more info.