Moment whale shark swims up to fishing boat to beg fishermen for food

The enormous endangered animal appeared to fix its gaze on tubs of fish being carried to a local market in Borneo

5/15/2021 1:00:00 AM

The enormous endangered animal appeared to fix its gaze on tubs of fish being carried to a local market in Borneo

The enormous endangered animal appeared to fix its gaze on tubs of fish being carried to a local market in Borneo.

Caption: Whale shark nosed up to beg for food from Indonesian fishermenA group of fisherman have shared footage of a huge whale shark swimming up to their boat to ask for food.The Indonesian boatmen had just docked at a pier in the city of Bontang, on the coast of Borneo, to offload their catch for sale at a local market.

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They were surprised to see the whale shark, an endangered species which usually takes no notice of humans poking its nose above the surface.It could be seen tracking the movement of the fishermen’s tubs of fish as they loaded them onto the pier, prompting one of the men to throw some of their catch in its direction.

Fisherman Iswandi Rahman said: ‘The whale [shark] was not aggressive at all. We thought we should give it some of our catch because we had extra.‘I think he smelled the blood from the fish we caught.’Whale sharks are classed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species due to trawling, vessel collisions and other factors related to fishing.

The animal can grow to almost 19 metres long and studies suggest they can live for up to 130 years.To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser thatIt holds several records for size, including largest shark, largest fish and largest non-mammal vertebrate.

In many parts of the world, they are attracted with regular feeds for divers and tourists.Critics have warned this kind of tourism can threaten wildlife species and the ecosystems they are part of by altering their behaviour.The effect is thought to be pronounced in whale sharks, which are highly migratory and are known to cross vast distances to amass in areas where a lot of food is available.

Indonesian law gives them various protections from human interference and makes it an offence not to try and return a beached whale shark to the ocean if found alive. Read more: Metro »

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