Video: Kerala fishermen release shark back into water, praised
Netizens lauded the fishermen for their conservation efforts.
A group of fishermen from Kerala are winning praise for letting an endangered whale shark go after they realized what they had caught.
According to NDTV, the fishermen from Kozhikode quickly cut their nets and released the creature back into the sea.
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 posted to Twitter shows about seven fishermen working together to lift the thrashing fish using ropes to release it into the sea. The video has been viewed over 32,000 times since it was first posted.
The video was posted by InSeason Fish, a conservation group that works towards enlightening local fishermen about sustainable fishing practices.
According to Wildlife Trust of India, whale sharks were added to Schedule I of India's Wild Life (Protection) Act in 2001. This species has therefore been accorded the highest level of protection in the country.
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