YOUNG FISHERMEN SAVE ENDANGERED SHARK

 

 

Two teenaged fishermen brought a "baby zebra shark" to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources facility in Sto. Tomas, La Union; which they caught while fishing on the night of September 16, 2017.

Imelda Padilla, staff of the BFAR facility, said Mark Verona and Mel John Dignos, brought the .97- meter, 2.5-kilo zebra shark (Stegostoma fasciatum) at around 8:30 in the evening. Padilla said the teenagers were both sons of fishermen.When asked why they brought the zebra shark to BFAR, the two said they have learned that it was the right place for them to turn it over."We have been conducting educational campaign among fisherfolk about endangered species, and that is why the two teenaged fishermen knew they have to bring it here to be released,"Padilla said.

She said whether alive or dead, fishermen are encouraged to bring sea creatures to the BFAR. The baby shark was put on a tank for observation the entire night.

Since it looked healthy and strong and had no wounds so BFAR staff released it to the sea the following morning. It was Ricardo Peralta and Robert Jabaan who released the sea creature. Wikipedia said e zebra shark is a species of carpet shark and the sole member of the family Stegostomatidae. It is found throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific, frequenting coral reefs and sandy flats to a depth of 62 m (203 ft).


Adult zebra sharks are distinctive in appearance, with five longitudinal ridges on a cylindrical body, a low caudal fin comprising nearly half the total length, and a pattern of dark spots on a pale background. Young zebra sharks under 50–90 cm (20–35 in) long have a completely different pattern, consisting of light vertical stripes on a brown
background, and lack the ridges. This species attains a length of 2.5 m (8.2 ft).

                                                   
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