Video: Pearly Beach whale shark rescue

Grootbos Nature Reserve recently posted the above video to its YouTube Channel which documents the rescue of a 4-5m whale shark (Rhincodon typus) which had become stranded on the shore at Pearly Beach near Gansbaai, South Africa.

According to the video information, a “group of locals” gathered to assist the beached whale shark. The rescue effort took eight hours and involved the use of a boat to tow the shark out to sea. Additionally, multiple doses of antibiotics were administered to the whale shark. After being towed out to sea, the shark eventually swam away on its own, according to the video.

While the long-term fate of the shark is unclear from the video, the effort of those involved in the attempt to rescue the shark are worth commending.

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