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Video: 7 metre-long whale shark spotted in UAE waters, residents warned

ismail@khaleejtimes.com Filed on November 9, 2020 | Last updated on November 9, 2020 at 11.26 pm

People visiting the area have also been advised to keep a safe distance from the whale shark.

Authorities have warned residents against swimming and fishing in the Bahia channel in Abu Dhabi after a 7-metre whale shark was spotted on Sunday.

The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) also cautioned the public against feeding the male whale or going near it as it is an endangered species.

"Our juvenile whale shark has returned to Al Raha after last being seen there one week ago. Over the six weeks we have been monitoring him, we noticed that he had lost some weight. So through our MOU (memorandum of understanding) with the National Aquarium on environmental cooperation and wildlife protection, we are supplementing his diet with some krill until he returns to the sea," an official from the EAD said.

 
 
 
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. . " " . 7 . . . #_ Our juvenile whale shark has returned to Al Raha after last being seen there one week ago. Over the six weeks we have been monitoring him we noticed that he had lost some weight so through our MOU with the National Aquarium on environmental cooperation and wildlife protection we are supplementing his diet with some krill until he returns to sea. We are also monitoring a second whale shark, a large 7m male in Al Bahia. If you are lucky enough to see them please refrain from swimming with them, diving with them, feeding them or approaching them. And a big thank you to our partners supporting with this endangered species protection: Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority, Department of Municipalities and Transport, Abu Dhabi Municipality, Abu Dhabi Ports, Abu Dhabi Maritime, Abu Dhabi Marine, Aldar and the National Aquarium Abu Dhabi. #EnvironmentAbuDhabi #environmentagency

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"We are also monitoring a second whale shark, a large 7-metre male in Al Bahia. If you are lucky enough to see them, please refrain from swimming or diving with them. Refrain from feeding them or approaching them as well."

People visiting the area have also been advised to keep a safe distance from the whale shark.

Whale sharks often appear in Abu Dhabi waters. In September, the EAD reported that two whale sharks were spotted in Al Raha Canal.

ismail@khaleejtimes.com

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Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.





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