TUTICORIN: The carcass of a whale shark found on the shore of Threspuram here on Monday was identified as Rhiniodon typus by scientists of the Fisheries College and Research Institute.
Dean V.K. Venkataramani said a study by the professors had revealed that the shark was dragged to the shore after it got entangled in a gill net of some fishermen at the depth of 15 metres, 30 km off the coast.
The female shark was nine metres long and weighed six tonnes. It might have entered the inshore waters in search of food, he said.
The species is characterised by its sandy brown colour, pale spots in the head and a series of similar spots alternating with vertical strips on the sides. It normally lives in the waters at the depth of 30-35 metres.