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With all of the horrific and evil acts that happen in this world, many of which make us lose faith in humanity, sometimes it can be difficult to remember that there is just as much good to be found. One Russian scuba-diving tourist proved just that when he bargained to save a baby whale sharks’ life in Ambon, Indonesia. The kind tourist came across a fisherman on the beach who had captured the baby whale shark most likely with the intention to sell it.

Recognizing the animal for the intelligent and innocent creature it is, the tourist frantically found an interpreter to assist him in negotiating for the whale sharks release.

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The fisherman finally agreed to let the whale shark go for one million rupiah – the equivalent of $75.

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Check out the whole interaction, in this video:

 

Whale sharks are the world’s largest fish and are classified as an endangered species by the ICUN Red List of Threatened species. However despite this fact, they are still commonly targeted by poachers for their meat, fins – used to make shark fin soup – and oil, which has caused their population to decrease by 50 percent in the last 75 years. Fortunately. this compassionate tourist was able to see the beauty in this incredible creature that the fisherman couldn’t.

While this case is certainly a victory for whale sharks, fishermen aren’t the only threat targeting whale sharks. The illegal wildlife trade is rife in Indonesia and whale sharks, among other animals like mantas and dolphins, are often captured and exploited for the entertainment industry. These illegal trades contribute to the fast decline of animal populations, and overall, human actions are thought to have caused the overall rate of extinction to increase 1000 times above what it should be. This makes it all the more imperative to support wildlife conservation groups and never support ocean theme parks of places like Sea world.

To help protect wild marine animals in need, click here.

All image source: Andrea Etsy/Youtube

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110 comments on “Incredible Tourist Bargains With Fishermen to Release Baby Whale Shark”

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Sue Hague
10 Months Ago

Well done that Russian! Much respect.


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Sue Hague
10 Months Ago

Well done that Russian! Much respect.


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Martin Carmen
10 Months Ago

Wonderful people EXIST. Thanks GOD!


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Martin Carmen
10 Months Ago

Wonderful people EXIST. Thanks GOD!


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joe
10 Months Ago

What kinda bait were they using??


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The Blue Gen
10 Months Ago

Please tell the Indonesians that the free world sees there scam. And that we value the life of an animal such as the baby whale shark more than theirs ! Tell them that we like to catch, cook and eat Indonesians. We mostly feed them to our dogs.


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Silvia Silva
10 Months Ago

Like....NOT!!! That's not free release this looks like they catch n ask for money to so call it release, if that is happening shame on them n the person that thinks...who is not thinking....he is making a difference...you r not sorry. Yes these people need money you can tell n I apologize but that is not the way to do it.


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Silvia Silva
10 Months Ago

Like....NOT!!! That's not free release this looks like they catch n ask for money to so call it release, if that is happening shame on them n the person that thinks...who is not thinking....he is making a difference...you r not sorry. Yes these people need money you can tell n I apologize but that is not the way to do it.


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Linda Calder
10 Months Ago

Wonderful


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Linda Calder
10 Months Ago

Wonderful


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