Kerala fishermen praised for releasing endangered whale shark they had trapped

Kerala fishermen praised for releasing endangered whale shark they had trapped

The heartwarming incident happened in Puthiyappa fishing harbour in Kozhikode, Kerala and the men are seen finally tying knot with a rope around it, to lift it by a crane to push it off the edge of the boat.

A group of fishermen from Kerala are being hailed online after a video emerged of them releasing an endangered whale shark that they had trapped.

In a video that’s going viral, the group of men aboard a fishing vessel are seen struggling to try get the shark under control before releasing it. The video shows the men being struck by the shark’s huge tail multiple times. The men finally manage to lift the shark and drop it into the sea.

The incident reportedly involved fishermen from the Puthiyappa fishing harbour in Kozhikode, Kerala.

Whale sharks, the largest of the sharks, is an endangered species and is often a victim of bycatch, with adult sharks often getting caught and killed in fishing nets. The Kerala fishermen’s attempts to ensure it was safely returned to the sea is therefore unique.

People lauded them for their great gesture and thanked them.

Source: indianexpress.com

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