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Whale Shark Caught in Cargo Ship's Rear
By Wendy Heller, January 7, 2008 @ 02:00 AM (EST)
Source: Inquirer.net

Quarantine officials of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) found the dead whale shark caught in the "icebreaker" of the M/V Elena during the inspection of the vessel when it docked at CIP at 2 a.m. Monday.

The icebreaker is a curved portion at the back of the ship, BFAR and arrastre officials explained.

Lourdes Arciaga, BFAR Central Visayas spokesperson, said they believe the adult whale shark accidentally crashed into the vessel's icebreaker somewhere in the Sulu Sea or in the seas between Bohol and Misamis Oriental.

It took BFAR officials an hour to extricate the whale shark’s carcass from the vessel's icebreaker with a cable.

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