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Whale shark filmed sucking fish out of net

July 17, 2012 | Comment icon 21 comments



Image Credit: AFP / Youtube
Some whale sharks have developed the unique ability to suck fish straight out of the fishermen's nets.
Conservationists using radio tagging to track the sharks were able to film this unique behaviour at Indonesia's Cendrawasih Bay National Marine Park. The sharks appear to have learned how to make use of the nets as a way to treat themselves to an easy meal.
The video has become an internet sensation, attracting almost two million views since it was posted two weeks ago.



Source: Telegraph | Comments (21)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #12 Posted by csspwns 10 years ago
im sorry b4 i say it bu wish i could meet a woman that good why would u say this in public?!?! just plain old disturbing. but i admit, if u think of the whale shark as a woman and the net holding the fish as a uhh...sack then i would sorta seem like...ya noe
Comment icon #13 Posted by Nasty Gash 10 years ago
Do you Humans believe that this shark simply swam up to the net and thought to itself, "hmmm ... a net full of fish! How can I get them? Hmmm...I know, I'm going to suck them right out of the net and have a feast"? That it solved a puzzle by thought? No, the whale shark is a filter feeder and one way it feeds NATRUALLY, by INSTINCT, is by sucking large quantities of water and food into its mouth and expelling it through the gills which serve as a filter, exactly as is depicted in the video. The animal is doing this by INSTINCT. It did not rationalise a solution to a problem. "Some whale sharks... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by King Fluffs 10 years ago
That shark, shall be my war shark.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Lava_Lady 10 years ago
Hehe... Cutest shark ever!
Comment icon #16 Posted by WillSoMysterious 10 years ago
What a clever animal, using stupid humans to round up the fish for him in a bid to conserve energy.. Its such a shame that the fishermen, angered by the Whale Shark, caught him instead, cooked him and ate him with salad and potatoes (NOT mentioned in the article, lol)
Comment icon #17 Posted by Junior Chubb 10 years ago
This was like a McDonalds drive-thru (swim-thru?) for this Whale Shark... Fillet o' Fish please, and yes, I'll go large...
Comment icon #18 Posted by mfrmboy 10 years ago
Hope they don't start killing the whale sharks because they are dining from their nets. Afterall they are bait fish.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Junior Chubb 10 years ago
Looks like a bait ball.. Just had an advert at the bottom of the page I was viewing for Bait bombs, (I should imagine they are just like Bait Balls http://baitbomb.co.uk/?gclid=CJH0k8qspLECFUVTfAodSA5qPw) and remembered your post... Should I start a thread in the 'Metaphysics & Psychic Phenomena' section about this?
Comment icon #20 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON 10 years ago
Do you Humans believe that this shark simply swam up to the net and thought to itself, "hmmm ... a net full of fish! How can I get them? Hmmm...I know, I'm going to suck them right out of the net and have a feast"? That it solved a puzzle by thought? No, the whale shark is a filter feeder and one way it feeds NATRUALLY, by INSTINCT, is by sucking large quantities of water and food into its mouth and expelling it through the gills which serve as a filter, exactly as is depicted in the video. The animal is doing this by INSTINCT. It did not rationalise a solution to a problem. "Some whale sharks... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by TheJoker 10 years ago
So now the fishes that the fishermen caught are being sucked up by a whale shark?? And they didn't even pull it up yet


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