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Boat propellers cause of injury to two whale sharks stranded off Bali

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 4, 2016   /  04:53 pm
Boat propellers cause of injury to two whale sharks stranded off Bali Several tourists ride on a boat to see whale shark in Botubarani Beach in Bone Bolango regency of Gorontalo province on July 3. The new tourism attraction of Gorontalo are always crowded during weekends by domestic and foreign tourists wanting to see whale shark groups in the area. (Antara/Adiwinata Solihin)

Propellers from a ship used by tourists may have been the cause of severe wounds on two whale sharks recently washed ashore in Bali. 

The Bali Office for Marine, Coastal & Resources Management (BPSPL) said Monday it has studied the wounds found on the two sharks now stranded on the shore of Nusa Penida island, a resort area in Bali popular for water sports.

The sharks may have collided with a tourist boat, Yudi Permana of BPSPL said, citing the result of discussions with local figures,  representatives from the tourism sector including diving operators in Nusa Penida, as well as the Lembongan Marine Association, the local unit of the Water Conversation Area  and the Coral Triangle Center.

The two sharks suffered wounds on their upper body, chest, rear area and tails, Yudi said.  (rin)

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