Last month the bat phone rang at HEPCA headquarters in Egypt. A whaleshark passing through had swum into a lagoon near Shalateen but not been able to find its way out again though the coral pinnacles. Fears were that the stress of being trapped in a relatively confined animal would lead to its death.
HEPCA joined forces with the Elba National Park to gather a team together. It took 3 days of hard work, trying various different methods, to coax the whaleshark towards freedom. In spite of the long duration, when the whaleshark did finally escape from the lagoon it seemed in good health and swum happily off to contiune it’s long migration.
Congrats to the whole team!