Two Endangered Whale Sharks Spotted Off Abu Dhabi Coast

It’s fair to say nature is healing in the UAE as two endangered whale sharks were spotted swimming in Abu Dhabi’s Al Bahia channel yesterday.

Abu Dhabi’s sustainable development counterpart, Abu Dhabi Environment Agency shared footage of a seven metre-long and a juvenile whale shark approaching the waters of Al Bahia for the second consecutive week as the National Aquarium on Environmental Cooperation pledges to supplement their diet until they return to the ocean. Check it out:

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. عاد قرش الحوت الصغير مياه منطقة الراحة بعد أن شوهد آخر مرة الأسبوع الماضي. على مدار الأسابيع الستة التي كنا نراقبه، لاحظنا فقدانه لبعض الوزن، فبادرنا بإكمال نظامه الغذائي من خلال توفير بعض القشريات الصغيرة حتى عودته للبحر و ذالك بالتعاون مع "ذا ناشونال أكواريوم" تفعيلاً لمذكرة التفاهم في مجال إنقاذ وإعادة تأهيل الأنواع البحرية. نراقب حالياً قرش حوت أخر في منطقة الباهية، وهو ذكر كبير يبلغ طوله حوالي 7 أمتار. و نرجوا من الافراد الامتناع عن السباحة أو الغوص أو إطعامهم أو الاقتراب منهم. كم نرجو من مرتادي البحر والوسائل البحرية المركبات تفادي قناة الباهية والقيادة بحذر. كما نود أن نشكر شركائنا في جهاز حماية المنشآت الحيوية والسواحل دائرة البلديات والنقل وبلدية مدينة أبوظبي وشركة الدار العقارية وموانئ أبوظبي وأبوظبي البحرية ونادي أبوظبي الدولي للرياضات البحرية لجهودهم وتعاونهم مع الهيئة #هيئة_البيئة Our juvenile whale shark has returned to Al Raha after last being seen there one week ago. Over the six weeks we have been monitoring him we noticed that he had lost some weight so through our MOU with the National Aquarium on environmental cooperation and wildlife protection we are supplementing his diet with some krill until he returns to sea. We are also monitoring a second whale shark, a large 7m male in Al Bahia. If you are lucky enough to see them please refrain from swimming with them, diving with them, feeding them or approaching them. And a big thank you to our partners supporting with this endangered species protection: Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority, Department of Municipalities and Transport, Abu Dhabi Municipality, Abu Dhabi Ports, Abu Dhabi Maritime, Abu Dhabi Marine, Aldar and the National Aquarium Abu Dhabi. #EnvironmentAbuDhabi #environmentagency

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Abu Dhabi residents are urged to keep away from whale sharks and refrain from feeding them. It’s worth mentioning they’re a rare occurrence in the region’s coast.

Abu Dhabi Environment Agency Whale Sharks Spotted Swimming Arabian Sea

Photograph credit: Pixy

Read: DIVER RESCUES SEA TURTLE STRANDED AROUND NETS IN DIBBA

Read: POD OF DOLPHINS SPOTTED OFF DUBAI COAST

(Featured photograph credit: Needpix)

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