Watch: Fishermen from Kerala release endangered whale shark back into the sea
The endangered species could have fetched the fishermen millions in the black market but they chose to do the right thing by releasing the 'giant' back into its true home
A bunch of fishermen from Kozhikode in Kerala were in for a surprise on Tuesday night as they accidentally captured a whale shark -- the largest species of fishes in the world. But the kind fisherfolk was quick to understand the importance of protecting the endangered species and quickly found a solution to get the whale shark back into the water.
Fishermen from Kozhikode, #Kerala release an Endangered #WhaleShark. Respect! We should celebrate their actions. Please RT! Make them Heroes!@dhanyarajendran @Advaidism @jamewils @vivek4wild @wti_org_india @BittuSahgal @SanctuaryAsia @SwatiWild @GargiRawat @bahardutt @rickykej pic.twitter.com/uRz9eqPgG9— InSeason Fish (@InSeasonFish) January 28, 2020
A video of the event was captured and is being shared widely on all social media platforms. The video shows the shark trying to escape the fishermen initially before getting its tail fin entangled on a rope. The fishermen then later ropes around the big shark and release it back into the sea.
The whale shark, a slow-moving, filter-feeding carpet shark, is the and the largest known extant fish species, but is not known to attack humans. They feed on plankton and small fishes as is only found in open waters of the tropical oceans as as the Indian Ocean. They can grow up to 60 feet in length, is the largest living non-mammalian vertebrate and have an average lifespan of 70 years. The name "whale shark" is due to the fish's size and has nothing to do with the actual whales.
Judging by the video, the shark seems to be around 20 feet in length, which means it is probably still an infant. The endangered species could have fetched the fishermen millions in the black market but they chose to do the right thing by releasing the 'giant' back into its true home. At a time when the world is battling climate crisis and pushing for a renewable, sustainable future, the act of these fishermen will come as a ray of happiness.