The following commentary was written by Doug Olander, Editor-in-Chief of Sport Fishing magazine. The article appeared as Doug’s editorial column in SF’s April 2012 issue. Let me cut to …
Whale Shark Sucks Fish Out of Hole in Fishing Net!
Incredible video from Conservation International showing a whale shark sucking baitfish from fishermen’s nets in Cendrawasih Bay, Indonesia:
CI’s summary of the video: ” On a recent expedition to Indonesia’s Cendrawasih Bay, Conservation International’s Mark Erdmann learned how whale sharks often congregate around bagan (lift net) fishing platforms to eat the small silverside baitfish that the fishers are targeting. The sharks have also learned how to “suck” the fish out of holes in the nets!
This can be dangerous — but the local fishers like the sharks, considering them good luck, and are working to modify the net designs to prevent sharks from entering.”