An encounter with a motorized boat left the male whale shark Fermin with 11 gashes across his face.
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The whale shark "Fermin" sports slashes from a run-in with a boat propeller. One cut runs across his left eye.
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Fermin, before being injured by a boat propeller. The whale shark is a daily visitor to the Tan-awan whale shark feeding area, an ecotourism effort in Oslob in the Philippines.
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Fermin's Full Length
Fermin is young and small for a whale shark, about 13 feet (4 meters) in length. Marine biologists are not yet sure whether his left eye will recover from his injury.
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