Chinese Driver Totes Massive Whale Shark on his Truck
Shishi, China – When most people think of rednecks, they think of the rural American heartland, country folk from the deep south, or even prairie settlers in rural parts of Canada. However, as comedian Jeff Foxworthy eloquently stated, a redneck is identified by their creativity at coming up with poor man’s solutions to otherwise costly problems. Case in point is a 48-year-old humble fisherman by the name of Cai Chengzhu. He was making his way back with his load of fish when he spotted a whale shark caught in his net engorging itself on his fish.
Whale sharks are endangered species in China and by law must be released immediately upon being caught. However, Chengzhu heard a distinct sound as he viewed the 16-foot filter-feeding shark in his net and it wasn’t the sound of his fish begin snapped up; it was the cha-ching of $10,000 to $20,000 Yuan that the catch would net if he could get it market 10 miles inland. The two ton fish extended well past the flat bed of his truck, but he found that he could lay the entire catch across the length of his vehicle with the tail draping over the front grill and the head extending past the edge of the flat bed to the rear.
The photographs taken of Chengzhu show his poor man’s solution to a haul what would require a tractor trailer if it were legal, which it isn’t. Sadly, by the time authorities had caught up with Chengzhu’s get rich quick scheme, the fish had already died. Whale sharks are a delicacy in China hence Chengzhu’s plan to get it to market and sell it. When questioned by police, he then played dumb and said he didn’t know it was an endangered whale shark that local folk enjoy eating. Why then was he is such a rush to get the catch to market and sell it?