Kerala fishermen release endangered whale shark back into sea, win praise & cash award


A group of fishermen in Kerala has released an endangered whale shark, caught in their fishing net, back into the sea. The incident happened near Shanghumugham Beach in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday.

The incident happened near Shanghumugham Beach in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday. (Photo: PS Gopikrishnan Unnithan / India Today)

An action described as nothing but a moment of compassion and social awareness, Kerala fishermen have released an endangered whale shark, caught in their fishing net, back into the sea.

The incident happened near Shanghumugham Beach in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday. The fishermen came across a whale shark which was caught in their fishing net.

Due to weather advisory, the fishermen had decided not to venture into the sea and they were engaged in fishing from the coastline. While pulling ashore one of the nets, they spotted a whale shark, which is an endangered species. The fishermen gathered around the net and carefully got the whale shark out of the net.

Photo for representation. (PTI)

When they realised the shark was alive, the fishermen released it into the sea. The incident came to light after a native of Shanghumugham, one Ajith shot the act and posted it on social media. Ajith said the fish was caught in the net spread by his uncle’s team.

“Due to the weather warning, we were fishing from the coast with our nets. While we were pulling back the net, it was really heavy. When we dragged the net close to the shore we saw a giant shark inside it. Usually, these sharks are not spotted near the coastline, but this may have happened due to recent climatic conditions,” said Ajith.

The forest department has decided to acknowledge the gesture of the fisherman. They will get an award from the Chief Wildlife Warden as a token of appreciation.



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