Pakistani fishermen saved young whale shark

This video says about itself:

21 August 2017

WWF-Pakistan trained fisherman captain Ali Akbar along with his crew safely released a 7.5 feet juvenile whale shark caught in the gillnet, recently. The fishermen were carrying a fishing operation about 2 kilometres north of Churna Island, Balochistan. This is not the first time that a whale shark was rescued by fishermen, however, their pups seldom survive during the entanglement or die even in the rescue process. The baby whale shark was entangled in the net placed for catching tuna in the waters. When the crew members first tried to disentangle it [in the water] … the animal did not show any body movement, hence, it was heaved on board. As it was freed from the net, the baby started to move slightly. To the utter surprise and jubilation of the fishermen, the juvenile whale shark came to life and encircled the boat before disappearing in the deep sea.

Since the start of the Observer Programme of WWF-Pakistan in October 2012, a total of 61 cases of whale sharks have been documented. Before the programme, some fishermen used to kill whale sharks for liver oil if they get entangled in their fishing gear. Even though the population of whale sharks in Pakistani waters seems to be stable, however, it is extremely prone to frequent entanglement in fishing gear, habitat degradation and marine pollution.

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