• Short Summary

    A whale-shark some 6 1/2 metres (approximately 21 ft.) long which entered the harbour of Hollandia, capital of Netherlands New Guinea, in the wake of a liner, caused consternation amongst Papuans, and was shot by the police after a three-day hunt.

  • Description

    A whale-shark some 6 1/2 metres (approximately 21 ft.) long which entered the harbour of Hollandia, capital of Netherlands New Guinea, in the wake of a liner, caused consternation amongst Papuans, and was shot by the police after a three-day hunt.

    The whale-shark (Rhineodon typus) is harmless to man but it was not possible to convince the Papuans of this, as rumours had convinced them that the creature was probably a tiger shark and that the harbour waters were no longer safe for fishermen casting their nets in shallow waters, men in small boats or canoes, and children and others living in huts built on piles in the water.

    (The whale-shark is the largest of all sharks and specimens 21 metres - about 70 ft. - long have been reported.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABE8BYMTJBN6QULDHXS9XBPKPI
    Media URN:
    VLVABE8BYMTJBN6QULDHXS9XBPKPI
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/05/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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