A fisherman netted an 80-kilogram shark while fishing off the south central province of Binh Dinh on Sunday.
Nguyen Van Vui, 48, found the shark in his fishing net around two nautical miles off Quy Nhon beach. He said the shark wriggled fiercely in the net until it stopped moving.
After realizing the shark was dead, Vui and three other fishermen managed to tow the net ashore.
It took them three hours to reach the shore. The 1.8 meter-long shark is found to be pregnant.
Nhon said his fishing net was torn after he removed the shark from it. “The pregnant shark must have been hungry so she tried to seek for food in the net,” he said.
He is keeping the frozen shark for sale.
Local fishermen said it is the child-bearing season of sharks.
In 2012, Vietnamese scientists identified three shark species that have attacked people at least 10 times off the coast of Binh Dinh's Quy Nhon Town from 2009-2010.
Although no deaths were reported, a number of people were injured following the attacks.
Scientists said the sea off the coast of Quy Nhon Town is the natural habitat of several tropical sharks that often search for food near the shore.
They said nearby lobster farms also attracted hungry sharks to the area while the El Nino (from July 2009 to June 2010) increased the water's temperature and solidity causing many sharks to mistake human beings as prey.
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