Whale shark caught in fishing net in Odisha dies

Source: Down To Earth

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A female whale shark died after getting trapped in a fishing net off Odisha’s Paradip coast.

Whale Shark:

  1. Whale Shark(Rhincodon typus) is the largest known extant fish species.
  2. Features: Whale Sharks are a ‘filter feeder shark’ which means it does not eat meat like other sharks. They filter seawater and feed on tiny planktons.
  3. Habitat: The whale shark is found in open waters of the tropical oceans and is rarely found in water below 21 °C (70 °F). In India, they are mostly found in the Gulf of Mannar and Gujarat coast.
Conservation Status:
  1. IUCN Red List: Endangered
  2. CITES: Appendix II
  3. Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972: Schedule I 


  1. Oil & gas drilling, shipping lanes 
  2. Accidental entanglement in fishing nets 
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