A basking shark has been filmed being pulled up in the net of a French trawler in the Bay of Biscay.
Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd was carrying out one of its regular night patrols to document dolphin catches, as previously reported on Divernet.
“The fishermen were dragging a large inflatable dolphin behind their boat, probably to taunt us,” reported Sea Shepherd.
“After seeing the shark struggling in their net in front of our cameras, the fishermen first pulled in their fish catch before releasing the distressed shark. As it swam away, the fishermen chanted: ‘We saved Willy!’”