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Whale shark ‘thanks’ fishermen with a swish of its tail after they cut it free from rope when it swam up to their boat off of Malaysia

  • The encounter was filmed off the coast of Bintulu in Sarawak, Malaysia 
  • Footage shows fisherman pulling the shark closer to their boat so they can help 
  • Whale shark then lets the fishermen slowly remove the rope with a cleaver 

This is the adorable moment a whale shark sidles up to a boat and allows fishermen to remove a rope caught around it before appearing to thank the men with several swishes of its tail.

The incident was filmed off the coast of Bintulu in the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo, and was later shared on Facebook by ‘Malaysia Animal Association’ where it has been viewed 100,000 times.

In the accompanying caption, the association said the whale shark swam up to the fishermen’s boat and remained alongside the vessel for a while.

Footage shows the shark with a rope caught round its body and a fisherman hooks a pole through it to pull the animal closer

The adorable incident was filmed off the coast of Bintulu in the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo. Footage shows the shark with a rope caught round its body and a fisherman hooks a pole through it to pull the animal closer

One man uses a cleaver to cut the rope off the filter-feeding carpet shark, the largest known surviving fish species

One man uses a cleaver to cut the rope off the filter-feeding carpet shark, the largest known surviving fish species

Footage shows the shark with a rope caught round its body and a fisherman hooks a pole through it to pull the animal closer. 

The shark then stays still and close to the boat while letting the fishermen slowly remove the rope.  

One man uses a cleaver to cut the rope off the filter-feeding carpet shark, the largest known surviving fish species.

After being freed, the shark then appears to thank the fishermen by swishing its tail several times as it swims off

After being freed, the shark then appears to thank the fishermen by swishing its tail several times as it swims off

In the heartwarming footage, the fishermen are heard saying goodbye to the grateful whale shark as it swims away from the boat

In the heartwarming footage, the fishermen are heard saying goodbye to the grateful whale shark as it swims away from the boat

After being freed, the shark then appears to thank the fishermen by swishing its tail several times as it swims off.

In the heartwarming footage, the fishermen are heard saying goodbye to the grateful whale shark as it swims away from the boat.

The thoughtful men also removed the rope from the water so no other marine animals could get caught up on it. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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