“After reading the report,” Men and sharks “appeared in the October 2011 NG, January 9, 2012 I had the privilege and good fortune to meet a dozen of these specimens – more than six feet long – immersing myself in the Bay of Cenderawasih about 30 nautical miles from the island of Ahe (Papua, Indonesia) where whale sharks are positioned in the morning to feed under the platforms of the fishermen, before the networks are raised.
I have verified that a specimen quite large, had a fin cut off, with a rather sharp cut that appears clearly. The same has a piece of metal stuck in the lower body. Another shark tail fin also had a piece missing at the bottom.
I showed the shot to local operators who agree with the hypothesis of a human intervention-probably the shark had been caught in some network – and showed concern for the possibility that the odious practice of finning can be extended to these beautiful and rare inhabitants of the seas.
In particular I have personally witnessed the scene of a fisherman who was trying to remove a whale shark with wooden rod. The fishermen, in fact, would be annoyed by the presence of whale sharks, which interfere with their activities. “