Guru Saves India's Whale Sharks
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It's costing them tens of thousands of rupees, but the fisherman of Veraval in the Gujarat state of India are throwing back into the ocean the 30 to 40 foot whale sharks they catch. While it's now against the law to catch a whale shark in India, it took a popular local guru to bring the fishermen into line:
On the face of it, behind this change of heart is a ban on hunting whale sharks. But the fishermen couldn’t have cared less for the law if not for one man’s word of faith, Morari Bapu’s.While the ban may not hold despite Morari Bapu's support, it's nice to finally hear about a guru who cares more for the environment than his own popularity.
One day in 2003, the guru ventured into the sea off Dwarka and blessed a whale shark entangled in a net and said he wished the creature was left alone. The killings stopped almost immediately.