Whale shark rescued after being trapped in fish cage

Coast Guard personnel rescue a whale shark trapped in a fish cage in Barangay Banago, Bacolod City Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of CG SN1 JT Santos via PCG-northern Negros Occidental)

By Glazyl Y. Masculino

BACOLOD City – A whale shark locally known as “butanding” was released to the waters after it was trapped in a fish cage in Barangay Banago here yesterday.

Commander Joe Luviz Mercurio, head of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) northern Negros Occidental, said they received a report around 7 a.m., prompting Coast Guard personnel to respond.

Mercurio said the whale shark was trapped inside the fish cage for two hours.

It has no injuries, according to the PCG.

Mercurio said that only the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) can determine the size of the whale shark.