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Whale shark caught by fishermen in Malacca released

/ 06:28 PM November 16, 2016
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Whale shark dragged ashore in Malacca before being released to sea. PHOTO BY THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

MALACCA – Fishermen have released a whale shark that was caught in a fishing net near the Sungai Duyong jetty here.

The shark, weighing approximately 1.5 tons, was kept in the water near the shore for about 12 hours.

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It was then dragged ashore to the jetty site before fishermen – with the aid of the state Fisheries Department – released it back into the sea.

Fisherman Ibrahim Mahat, 55, said the whale shark was entangled in his net while he was fishing off the coast here.

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“My brother and I suspected something amiss when our boat struggled to drag the catch in, only to find we had caught a whale shark,” he said on Wednesday.

He said the shark was dragged onto shore near the jetty at about 2:30 p.m.

Local residents rushed to get a picture with the marine creature when the news of a giant fish at the jetty spread on social media.

Alias Ibrahim, 44, said he rushed to the jetty after hearing about it.

“It was a nice experience to see such a giant fish,” he said.

Whale sharks are listed as an endangered species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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