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Dr. Qian Tang inaugurates largest found whale shark specimen in Islamabad

Islamabad - 23 July 2013: UNESCO with its partner Pakistan Science Foundation inaugurated one of the largest found whale shark specimen at Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH), today. The specimen believed to be unique due
to its size in world, is 40 feet long, weighs 16 tonnes and is the biggest specimen of fish ever recorded in the history.

The inauguration was planned to coincide with the visit of Mr. Qian Tang, Assistant Director General (Education), UNESCO, Paris. Mr. Tang said, "Museums play an important role for popularization of science and science education, and I believe Pakistan Natural Science History Museum is doing a wonderful job for educating masses here in Pakistan.

This specimen of Whale Shark (rhincodontypus) was seen alive but motionless on February 6, 2012 in the Gora Bari area in Pakistani territory of Arabian Sea by the local fishermen. It was transported to the Pakistan Museum of Natural history in Islamabad. Since then the specimen was under the process of preservation and research.

Whale Shark is declared vulnerable specie by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and its population is said to be decreasing at an alarming rate. The specimen at display was of age 50 years, when found.

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