A video of a group of fishermen from Kerala releasing a whale shark into water has grabbed eyeballs across the world.
Whale sharks, the largest fish in the sea that can grow up to 40 feet or more in length, have recently been listed as 'endangered' by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). So when the video of the whale who got caught in the fishing net in Kerala being released back into the water appeared, netizens were full of praise for the fishermen.
In the video, a group of men can be seen aboard a fishing vessel struggling to try and get the shark under control before releasing it. The huge shark can be seen striking the men multiple times with its mammoth tail. The men finally can be seen managing to lift the shark and drop it back into the sea.
Fishermen from Kozhikode, #Kerala release an Endangered #WhaleShark. Respect! We should celebrate their actions. Please RT! Make them Heroes!@dhanyarajendran @Advaidism @jamewils @vivek4wild @wti_org_india @BittuSahgal @SanctuaryAsia @SwatiWild @GargiRawat @bahardutt @rickykej pic.twitter.com/uRz9eqPgG9— InSeason Fish (@InSeasonFish) January 28, 2020
The video, reportedly filmed in the Puthiyappa fishing harbour in Kozhikode, Kerala, was tweeted by InSeason Fish who received a lot of love from animal lovers and wildlife enthusiasts as well as conservationists from across the world for their kind act.
A Twitter user wrote, "So glad to see the effort made to help the creature live".
"Wonderful. Salutes to the fishermen," wrote another. A third user went on to write, "Fabulous! They are the true keepers of our planet!," while a fourth posted, "Well done, guys!!"
Here's how people reacted to the video:
So glad to see the effort made to help the creature live....— Meghna Girish (@megirish2001) January 29, 2020
Lot respect— Shyam Kumar Nair (@ShyamKumarNair3) January 28, 2020
Fabulous! They are the true keepers of our planet!— Pervin Sanghvi (@pervinsanghvi) January 28, 2020
Wonderful. Salutes to the fishermen— Kanwar B Singh (@KB1997_) January 28, 2020
#Kerala fishermen are always our undisputed heros ..much love and high regards...— James Joseph (@hiiamjj) January 29, 2020
However, there were a few who felt that the same compassion should have been meted out to the smaller fish. One person tweeted, "Nice. Are smaller fishes's lives not respected this way coz they are small?," while another person posted, "Wish they had the same sensitivity for all fish, regardless of the size. Every fish feels the same pain."
Nice. Are smaller fishes's lives not respected this way coz they are small?— Arimaspi (@ticktick20) January 28, 2020
Wish they had the same sensitivity for all fish, regardless of the size.— THE ROCK (@varunkukreja131) January 29, 2020
Every fish feels the same pain.
Is the whale Shark the only Life ? What about other catch ? Why are some life more important than the other ?— S R Ramnarayan (@ramnarayan_sr) January 28, 2020
That whale shark will die of Starvation just like the bryde whale which died across the Mumbai Area few Days back as they are able to get sufficient amount of food and have to search a lot for plankton and small fishes— Vishal Gala (@VishalGala) January 28, 2020