Baby whale shark rescued by boat crew after becoming entangled in a fishing net in Sattahip

PHOTO: Screen capture from video from Sophon Cable TV

Sattahip, Chonburi –

A baby whale shark found some help after getting stuck in a fishing net in Sattahip earlier this week.

A video was sent from a local resident to reporters in Sattahip showcasing the incident. The person who filmed the video, who wasn’t identified, said the whale shark was swimming near a tour boat and the occupants of the vessel noticed the shark had become entangled with a fishing net which was causing limitations to its swimming and movement.

A Malaysian national who was fishing on the boat rescued the whale shark by cutting off the fishing net with a knife without causing any harm.

PHOTO: Screen capture from video from Sophon Cable TV

Based on video footage, the whale shark seemed to notice the kind gesture and removal of the net and playfully followed and interacted with the unnamed boat occupants for some time before peacefully swimming away.

PHOTO: Screen capture from Video from Sophon Cable TV

This is the third sighting/incident of a whale shark in the Chonburi area in one week, showing that the massive animals are making a return to the local waters, perhaps due to an improved environment and fewer boats and tourists in the gulf, driven by Covid-19 restrictions that have largely brought tourism, especially foreign, to a halt.

In one particularly sad incident, a dead whale shark was found lying on the front of a cargo ship in Si Racha yesterday, (May 11th).

A local fisherman last week captured the rare sighting of what appeared to be a whale shark in the sea near Pattaya. Based on the size of the shark found at the Laem Chabang port they are believed to be different animals. It is also believed this whale shark is a different animal than the one rescued from a fishing net in Sattahip.


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