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Locals protest plan to capture whale shark for Sea World exhibit

  • N. Adri

    The Jakarta Post

Balikpapan   /   Thu, March 15 2018   /  12:45 am

Local residents and environmentalists in Berau, East Kalimantan, are protesting a plan to capture and transport a local whale shark to Sea World Ancol in Jakarta over concerns about the protected fish’s well-being.

Activists under the Indonesian Maritime Youth Forum in East Kalimantan set up an online petition on change.org on Sunday protesting the plan. As of Wednesday evening, it had been signed by nearly 2,000 people.

The petitioners argued that the plan was based on commercial purposes and that it overlooked conservation needs. “We want the plan to be cancelled because the relocation is against wildlife conservation principles,” said forum member Yudhistira on Wednesday.

Although the plan was said to be made for educational purposes, it could risk the shark’s health because whale sharks were migratory sea creatures, he said.

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