The anger, the pain and the indignation flooded the social networks after a video went viral in which a boat intentionally hits a whale that was swimming in the Beagle Channel. After knowing the fact, an NGO has already announced that it will denounce those responsible and seeks to gather all the necessary data to find the navigators.
The images of the event were recorded by the people of a rubber band that was close to the situation. In the short snippet it can be seen as the ship, which had lowered its sails and aimed at the animal hitting it at a considerable speed. After the blow, the cetacean expels the air abruptly against the sky through its spiracle. “How are they going to pass him so close, and they laugh”, the woman who records the moment is heard saying.
Now, the focus is on finding the crew of said boat. The lawyers of the “Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights” (Afada) reported that they will file “the criminal complaint against those responsible for these events” and they also asked all the people who can provide truthful information about this event, to communicate it to the “corresponding legal authorities or to the Association.”
According to the NGO, after the publication and viralization of the video, the rumor began to circulate that the boat that participated in the event would be an ‘Inismara’ sailboat.
Afada assures that the “unprecedented” event occurred in “April or May” lastand was broadcast in the video where “the irresponsible attitude of the navigators of a sailboat was observed who, after colliding violently with one of the cetaceans of the Argentine Sea, simply laughed and moved away from the place.”
The images recorded “how the sailboat dangerously approached the group of whales (at full speed) and, irresponsibly rams them, after which laughter is heard and, quickly, the sailboat turns in the opposite direction and moves away”, adds the NGO.
But more than the outrageous situation, the organization adds in its statement why making the complaint is of the utmost importance: “It is essential in the event that the whale may appear stranded or, through the scientific institutions that monitor cetaceans in the area, and the damage suffered by the animal can be detected and proven.”.
“We need you to send all possible information, such as the details of the sailboat, witnesses who photographed or recorded the event, as well as any other relevant data to carry out the corresponding legal actions”, concludes Afada.
Whales in the Beagle Channel
Since some years This area became a resting area for many whales, which can be seen during the months of March, April and May when they return to the breeding areas in warm waters.. For that, they then look for the coasts of some countries such as Brazil, Ecuador and Colombia. For that reason, they sail through all the oceans and seas of the world; they typically migrate up to 25,000 km each year.
The areas where they are most often seen in the Channel are Martillo Island, Punta Paraná, the area between Escarpados and Punta Segunda, by the Les Éclaireurs lighthouse and they also go to the Chilean coast.
The humpback whale is a species of cetacean that can reach a length of 12 to 16 meters and weigh approximately 36,000 kilos. The species has a distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and a knobby head. It is an acrobatic animal that often jumps on the surface and then hits the water.
The species feeds mainly on krill and small fish; has a wide repertoire of feeding methods, including the remarkable bubble net technique.