Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu:
The carcass of an 18-feet-long, one-toed whale shark washed ashore in Tamil Nadu’s Ramanathapuram district, on Sunday.
Forest officers later buried it at the seashore after accomplishing an post-mortem. Oil and wax merchandise have been discovered from the higher jaw and small gut of the whale, which can be used to make drugs.
Forest officers are investigating the topic to substantiate whether or not it used to be hunted to dispatch the drug, or used to be it not able to swim in opposition to the deep seas after being wounded at the rocks. “The mammal, which weighed nearly 1.five tonne, had suffered interior haemorrhage most likely after hitting rocks because of heavy wind,” government mentioned.
Forest Officer Sathish mentioned, “A 35-year-old and 18-foot-long male whale shark washed ashore at the seashore close to Atrankarai in Ramanathapuram district. These are much less not unusual within the Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar, and handiest 4 had been observed up to now 4 years.”
“It is mistaken to catch such uncommon creatures. It violates the 1972 Wildlife Protection Act, beneath which imprisonment levels from three years to 7 years. Therefore, when such fish are discovered within the sea, I request the fishermen to tell the wooded area division and take steps to save lots of the fish,” he mentioned.