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Another whale shark beached on Yogyakarta coastline

  • Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Sun, August 5 2012   /  08:53 am
Death on the beach: Residents flock to see a dead whale shark washed ashore on Parangkusumo beach in Bantul, Yogyakarta, on Saturday.(Antara/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)(Antara/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)

Death on the beach: Residents flock to see a dead whale shark washed ashore on Parangkusumo beach in Bantul, Yogyakarta, on Saturday.(Antara/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)A seven-meter whale shark (Rhincodon typus) of some 2 tons in weight was found stranded and dead at Parangkusumo Beach in Kretek, Bantul, Yogyakarta, on Friday night.This was the second gigantic sea creature found at the same region this week after a 13-meter, 4-ton shark of the same kind became stranded and died on Wednesday on a neighboring beach, 10-kilometers to the west of Parangkusumo.Ismail, a local youth, said he saw the shark was dying off the waters close to the beach at about 6 p.m. and about three hours later it had drifted to the shore and was already dead. “Fishermen then dragged it further to the beach,” he said.Animal systematics expert Donan Satria Yuda of Gadjah Mada University’s School of Biology said t...