Tag: Whale Shark T-045

Whale Shark (Rhincodon Typus) T-045 is an 8m female that was seen in May 2007 at Chumphon Pinnacles, Koh Tao.

Unfortunately, this individual had the remnants of a rope attached to her tail which appeared to be cutting fairly deep into her skin at the base of her caudal fin.

It is difficult to say if this rope had been attached deliberately, but one of the photographs appears to show a knot which would suggest it's likely that it was deliberate

No one can say for sure the long-term damage this may inflict on the shark as it was already a deep cut at the time of this encounter.

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Whale Shark (Rhincodon Typus) T-045 is an 8m female that was seen in May 2007 at Chumphon Pinnacles, Koh Tao.

Unfortunately, this individual had the remnants of a rope attached to her tail which appeared to be cutting fairly deep into her skin at the base of her caudal fin.

It is difficult to say if this rope had been attached deliberately, but one of the photographs appears to show a knot which would suggest it's likely that it was deliberate

No one can say for sure the long-term damage this may inflict on the shark as it was already a deep cut at the time of this encounter.

Please follow this link for further information relating to Whale Shark T-045

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Whale Shark T-045

Unfortunately, this photograph of Whale Shark T-045 shows the damage being caused by the piece of rope attached around the base of her tail. The cut at this point is already deep, and the rope could potentially remain in place for a number of years...

Alan's picture
Whale Shark T-045

This left-side photograph of Whale Shark T-045 gives a good view of her unusual line patterns.