International Whale Shark Day observed at JNRM

Port Blair
31 Aug 2018

International Whale Shark Day was observed by the Nature club, Department of Zoology, JNRM on Thursday to create awareness about “gentle giant of ocean”. The chief guest, Dr. N. Francis Xavier, Principal, JNRM enlightened the gathering about the wonder of nature, diversity and congratulated the students for showing their interest and efforts in conserving marine diversity. An invitee lecture was delivered by Dr. Bineesh K.K., Scientist ‘D’ ZSI, Port Blair through power point presentation. He shared his experience and knowledge about whale shark and shark diversity and highlighted that indiscriminate killings of the apex predator of the seas elicits grave consequences for the marine ecosystem. Earlier welcoming the gathering Dr. V.K. Sahu, Assistant Professor in Zoology mentioned that awareness programs of this kind will help in better protecting this IUCN red listed keystone species. A quiz on whale shark was also organized by the club among the students. The programme was compared by Kusum Mandal, B.Sc. Zoology IInd year. Vote of thanks was proposed by Mohsina, the Executive Member, The Nature Club, JNRM.