Monday, May 7, 2012

Whale Sharks Discover Way to Remove Fish From Nets

Here is yet another poke in the eye with a sharp stick for all those who deny the intelligence of large aquatic mammals. This whale shark wanted those fish and he figured out a way to get them. Watch him as he devours his just reward.

Conservation International posted this great video on its Youtube channel. It shows a beautiful whale shark sucking on a fishing net and eating the small fish that spill out.

CI writes:
In Indonesia's Cendrawasih Bay, whale sharks often congregate around bagan (lift net) fishing platforms to eat the small silverside baitfish that the fishers are targeting. Sometimes the sharks swim right into the nets and become entangled. They have also learned how to "suck" the fish out of holes in the nets.

The whale shark is currently categorized as a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List. They can be found in all tropical and warm-temperate seas.

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