[MARMAM] Tailless whale in the Mediterranean: what can be done?

Luigi Valeri luigi.valeri at gmail.com
Mon Jun 15 14:07:05 PDT 2020


Hi all,

I am writing to ask for advice/help about a poor fin whale, which has lost
its tail and has been found in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Italy.

You can see the whale in the following video, which has been recorded three
days ago off Capo Spartivento (Reggio Calabria, Italy)
https://youtu.be/mxqslemqz1s

Local conservationists think it might have lost its tail after getting
entangled in fishing gear or the like. They also say the whale is about
15-meter long, looks really weakened by starvation and in a desperate
situation.

*Does anyone know what can be done in such cases to help the whale, if
anything?*

I was just wondering whether anyone worldwide has just come up with some
special device/solution to help whales in such sad predicaments.

If you want more information, you can consider getting in touch with the
local conservationist who shot the video. His contact info is available on
his Blue Conservancy group website: Filippo Armonio, cell. +393283020921,
info at blueconservancy.org.

Many thanks for any advice or help.

Best regards,

Luigi Valeri
Cell. +39 335 310655
luigi.valeri at gmail.com
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