Mumbai: Whale shark caught by fishing trawler at Sassoon Dock

Mumbai, August 12

Late on Tuesday night time, a fishing trawler within the Arabian Sea by accident netted an enormous catch round 40-50 kms off Colaba.

A large dotted whale shark received entangled within the fishing nets and desperately struggled to set itself free, however failed, mentioned one of many fishermen on board the vessel.

Owing to darkness and inclement climate situations, the fishing trawler determined to sail again to Mumbai, dragging the creature within the nets behind it, and reached right here early on Wednesday.

They left it together with the online close to the shores of the 145-year-old Sassoon Docks in Colaba and sailed again into the ocean, knowledgeable Damodar Tandel, President of Akhil Bharatiya Machhimar Kriti Samiti and outstanding fisherfolk chief.

Later, a crane was deployed to carry the large dotted whale shark that was round 8-metres (over 26 toes) lengthy, and weighed greater than two tonnes (two thousand kilograms).

The crane laid it on the docks as curious fisherfolk gathered round to click on selfies this morning.

“We were on a routine patrol in the area and saw this enormous fish, which the fishermen revere as ‘Dev-Masa’ lying here,” Colaba Police Station’s constable Swapnil Kumbhar informed IANS.

Though Kumbhar was not away from the subsequent plan of action, outstanding fisherfolk chief Damodar Tandel mentioned the whale shark was taken away by a dealer who will extract oil from it and dispose off the stays.

This is the primary occasion in current occasions that such a large fish received entangled in a fishing internet, although Mumbai and Maharashtra shoreline have witnessed incidents of comparable sea-giants getting washed ashore up to now, he mentioned. IANS

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