Veraval: Whale shark rescued off Sutrapada coast

VERAVAL (JUNAGADH): Expressing solidarity with the state government’s efforts to protect whale sharks, fishermen rescued a 20-feet-long whale shark from their net off Sutrapada port. This is the third shark rescued in the past fortnight.

Forest department officials said, the incident occurred on Friday when the whale shark was found caught in the net of a boat owned by Ratilal Bariya, some 18 nautical miles off Dhamlej port near Sutrapada. “The shark was 20-feet-long and weighed 3 tonnes. It’s body was entangled in six fishing nets,” said a range forest officer from Veraval.

After noticing the shark, Bariya informed Veraval port, which in turn, alerted the forest department. A team of foresters rushed to the site in a boat and carried out the rescue operation. Earlier, whale sharks were similarly rescued on December 1 and November 23.

From TOI

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