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Rare footage of 4-meter whale shark caught in fishing net

TOKYO, Sep 06 (News On Japan) - A whale shark (Rhincodon typus) was caught inside a fishing net off the coast of Tottori Prefecture over the weekend, with fishing crew members spending over an hour rescuing the endangered creature before releasing it unharmed back into the sea.

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