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Whale shark washed ashore near Rameswaram coast

Whale shark is the largest fish species in the world and is protected under the Wild Life Act.

india Updated: May 07, 2017 17:39 IST
Whale shark is an endangered species.
Whale shark is an endangered species.(AFP File Photo)

A dotted whale shark, weighing about 800 kilos, was washed ashore in the Pamban sea coast near Tamil Nadu’s Rameswaran on Sunday.

Forest officials expressed concern over the death of the shark and said it was a rare species protected under the Wild Life Act.

The reason behind the death of the shark, which was washed ashore early Sunday morning, would be known after post-mortem, they said.

The largest fish species in the world, whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is listed under Schedule I (Part IIA Fish), according it the highest level of protection.