Zihuatanejo creates a whale protection committee

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The end is to have a protocol of action in case of stranding and to rescue mammals.

Given the incidence of dead whales in recent weeks on the coastlines of the Costa Grande region, authorities from the three levels of government formed the Committee for the Protection of Whales in the municipality of Zihuatanejo, to know how to act in case another arises. stranding and do everything possible to save the mammal.

The director of Environment and Natural Resources, Israel Campos García, explained that the stranding can take place for several reasons: The fight between males, complications of the calves at birth, or simply that one is sick and decides to go ashore to die.

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He stressed that in the case of Zihuatanejo, none of these cases have occurred, but they have occurred in Coyuca de Benítez, San Jerónimo, and recently in Petatlán; He added that the idea is to form committees to know how to act and make an assessment: try to return it to its habitat, bury it in the sand or submerge it in the sea.

This committee that started operations in the last hours, is made up of the municipal government through the Directorate of Environment and Natural Resources, the Guerrero Civil Protection Secretariat, the Environment and Natural Resources Secretariat (Semaren), the State Forces Guerrero, and the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa).

The head of Dimaren called on the general population to enjoy whale sightings and especially to do so with boats authorized by Semarnat, also asked them to contact the emergency numbers and report any incident that has to do with mammals.

The humpback whale watching season includes the coastlines of the municipality of La Unión, Zihuatanejo, and Petatlán, and according to the official calendar, it ends in March 2021.

They catch a group of whales at El Palmar beach in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

An experienced diver captured the images of four to five cetaceans measuring between eight and 14 meters in length and weighing up to 40 tons.

In front of the beaches of the Mexican Pacific of the port of Zihuatanejo, a group of whales was observed, which were captured on video approximately in front of El Palmar Beach in Ixtapa.

An experienced diver, Frederick Bouchet, of French origin living for several years in the so-called beach binomial, captured the images of between four to five cetaceans measuring between eight and 14 meters in length and weighing up to 40 tons.

The diver said that on Thursday afternoon when he went on a whale watching tour with a group of tourists aboard his boat, they had this encounter with mammals. 

Observación de ballenas en Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

At the same time, it complied with the established official regulations and with the official flag, a document required by federal authorities for the sighting, in the Mexican Pacific.

It is worth mentioning that the whale watching season, during this year has increased in at least three coastal municipalities of the entity, among these the marine areas of Barra de Potosí in Petatlán, as well as in Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa, and Majahua beach in La Unión. 

Observación de ballenas en Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

Whale sightings began at the beginning of December and will end until March 20 of this year. With the foregoing, the tourist strip has become one of the most beautiful shows in the Mexican Pacific. 

Source: elsoldeacapulco.com.mx, milenio.com

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