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Tourists appalled by slaughter of shark and manta rays


Senseless killing: Villagers butchering a two-metre-long manta ray at a water village on the resort island of Pulau Mabul, Semporna.

Senseless killing: Villagers butchering a two-metre-long manta ray at a water village on the resort island of Pulau Mabul, Semporna.

KOTA KINABALU: It was a heart-­wrenching Chinese New Year celebration for Sabah’s shark conservationist Adderick Chong as pictures of the slaughter of oceanic manta ray emerged after a lull from the diving havens of Pulau Mabul.

A total of two oceanic manta rays, 13 devil rays and one shark were slaughtered by people along the village at Pulau Mabul this weekend as shocked Chinese and western tourists took pictures and questioned their guides on why the killings were taking place.

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