A diver swims with a whale shark in Indonesia’s Cendrawasih Bay. (© CI/photo by Mark Erdmann)
Underwater video of an adolescent male whale shark creatively sucking fish out of a fishing net in Indonesia's Cendrawasih Bay National Marine Park is quickly becoming an online sensation, following its recording and posting on the Conservation International blog and YouTube channel. Video of this unique behavior - whereby the whale sharks of Cenderawasih Bay have learned to literally suck fish out of the bagan (lift net) fishers nets - was captured by the expedition team and has been viewed more than one million times on YouTube, in the past two weeks.
“They understand the value whale sharks bring ecologically and economically in regard to the divers that come to see them in the wild. The fishers and the park authority are proactively trying to find a solution to prevent the sharks from being entangled, including possibly redesigning their nets.”
Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, Conservation International empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the long term well-being of people. Founded in 1987 and marking its 25th anniversary in 2012, CI has headquarters in the Washington DC area, and 900 employees working in nearly 30 countries on four continents, plus 1,000+ partners around the world.