The events surrounding the demise of a beautiful specimen of Rhincodon Typus (Whale Shark)only show the terrible ignorance of Hong Kong fishermen and, more worryingly, of the local authorities. Read two articles here.
“The sea does not belong to despots. Upon its surface men can still exercise unjust laws, fight, tear one another to pieces, and be carried away with terrestrial horrors. But at thirty feet below its level, their reign ceases, their influence is quenched and their powers disappear. Ah! Sir, live – live in the bosom of the waters! There only is independence! There I recognise no masters! There I am free!”
Captain Nemo in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne