|An endangered whale shark, which was stranded on Van Ninh's shore in Khanh Hoa Province, was brought to the Nha Trang oceanography institute yesterday for preservation and scientific research. — Photo nld.com.vn
NHA TRANG (VNS) — The body of a stranded whale shark was handed over to the Nha Trang oceanography institute yesterday by Van Ninh authorities for preservation and scientific research.
The 5m-long, one-tonne whale shark got stuck in a fishing net on Khanh Hoa Province's Van Ninh shore on January 23, with many wounds on its body.
Van Ninh fishermen released it back into the ocean, but the whale shark got stranded again on the shore and died.
The whale shark had a flat head and white spots on its brown back.
"This is an endangered species. Its scientific name is Rhincodon typus. The Nha Trang oceanography institute will preserve its body and conduct further studies," Vo Van Quang, head of vertebrates section at the institute, said.
"We have preserved the bodies of whale sharks that washed up the shores of Vung Tau and Binh Dinh. The preserved bodies are now on display," Quang said.
The whale shark's diet consists of zooplankton and small fish.
It lives in the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific oceans, but often frequents shores to find food.
In Viet Nam, whale sharks are often found in the East Sea, the northern coast and south-western sea area.
The species has been included in Viet Nam's red list for its rare genes. — VNS