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Cabo whale season ends with only one entangled whale

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The grey whale season in Cabo is now over again and the migration northwards, to the cool summer seas of Alaska, has already begun.  

Sergio Gomez, of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) was delighted to announce that the season ended with only one recording of an entangled whale. And this was successfully rescued. This is an improvement on last year when a total of three out of four entangled whales were successfully rescued.

Sadly the whale season has not ended as happily in all parts of Baja California. Last weekend Playa Bufeo in Ensenada, saw a staggering 34 pilot whales stranded. And despite the best efforts of PROFEPA, SEMAR, local fishermen and local residents only 9 were saved.

Initially the majority of the whales were successfully steered back towards deeper waters. However they returned a second time to the shallower waters near the beach. And as a result many were stranded.

The exact cause of the mass stranding is not yet known. As there were no visible signs of major injuries it is suspected that some of the whales must have been disorientated.  And the strong sense of social cohesion which prevents pilot whales from abandoning each other when in danger, even if it means death, could account for the herd’s return to the beach.

The authorities, scientific research and conservation groups are all working hard to determine the exact cause of death. Evidence and samples are currently being processed and the results will be submitted to PROFEPA in due course.

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