The 7.5m whale shark had been tagged off Western Australias Ningaloo Island and was being monitored by Australian scientists as it moved around. The satellite position signals eventually started coming from ashore on an island in Indonesia, reported ABC Online, and continued emitting from the same spot for the next three months.

It is thought that the whale shark was caught by fishermen and taken ashore to be eaten, the tag being removed and discarded. As a result of the incident, Western Australias tourism minister has called for an international treaty to protect them (whale sharks) and our tourism industry.

Diving with whale sharks or spotting them from boats is a major draw for marine-orientated visitors to the region.