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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2019, Vol 19, Num, 6     (Pages: 525-527)

Incidental catch of Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus Smith, 1828) at Cuddalore coast, India

R. S. Sathishkumar 1 ,Rajaram Murugan 1 ,Aramugam Sundaramanickam 1 ,Thangavelu Ramesh 1 ,K. Balachandar 1

1 Annamalai University, Faculty of Marine Sciences, Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology, Parangipettai, 608502, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India DOI : 10.4194/1303-2712-v19_6_08 Viewed : 318 - Downloaded : 337 The ocean`s largest extant elasmobranch fishwhale shark (Rhincodon typus) has been wedged accidentally in gillnet by fishermen off the coast of Cuddalore, southeast coast of India. The paper also discusses conservative measures to protect the diversity of Whale shark. Keywords : Whale shark, Rhincodon typus, Incidental catch, Cuddalore coast