On April 30 in the Andaman Sea off the coast of Phang Nga in southern Thailand. a team of fishermen dived into the ocean to sacrifice their own catch in order to free two endangered giant manta rays that were trapped in their nets. The crew was hauling up the rigs in the early hours of Tuesday morning when they noticed the 150kg creatures thrashing around.
Captain Thana Ketsaard ordered his workers to jump into the water and help free the manta rays, which were both around five meters long, and a protected species. These majestic sea creatures have suffered vast declines over the last eight years due to illegal hunting by trawlers who sell them to be used in soups, mainly in China.
But in this case, footage shows how the kindhearted workers battled to force down the nets. Losing money by sacrificing the day’s catch of hundreds of fish in order to release the manta rays into the safety of the ocean.
Ship owner Thana said: ”The nets were being pulled in after midnight when I saw the two rays stuck inside. There were lots of fish in the nets but my first idea was to release the manta rays.”
”We need to catch the fish to eat but manta rays are a rare species which we must respect. It is unethical for fisherman to keep them.”
”Even though we lost some of the fish to free the rays, it is the right thing to do and I hope that it is a good example for other fishermen who are thinking about catching manta rays and selling them.”
A very caring and courageous Captain and team of fishermen. They did the right thing and they are no doubt setting the right example for other fishermen who are thinking about doing wrong by this endangered species.
Source: Liveleak.com & Newsflare