Geoff McCabe

Three humpback whales killed by illegal nets off Cabuya

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Humpback Whale

greetings from paradise !!!

please click on ‘show quoted text’ to see the article.
larry, the ngo npo whale conservation org in jaco’s playa hermosa is KETO.
their website is under construction, i couldn’t get any contact info from their current website.
naty or yiokko, do you know any contact info for this org ?

poor doomed whales,
mary at rainsong

AUGUST 24,2010 TUESDAY

A BABY HUMPBACK WHALE AND HIS 2 COMPANIONS, assumably HIS MOTHER AND HIS ‘AUNTIE’, WERE ENTANGLED IN THE LABYRINTHE OF ILLEGAL GILLNETS IN THE ‘PROTECTED’ WATERS OFF THE RESERVA CABO BLANCO in CABUYA.

THE BABY DROWNED QUICKLY,

THE 2 ADULT FEMALES SWAM FOR THEIR LIVES TO ESCAPE THE 500 METER LONG KILLER NETS.

THEY WERE SEEN LEAPING FROM THE WATER REPEATEDLY, DESPERATELY TRYING TO UNTANGLE THEMSELVES AS THEY HEADED OUT TO OPEN OCEAN.

MINAET[GOVT AGENCY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PROTECTION OF WILDLIFE IN COSTA RICA] OFFICIALS JUST STOOD ON THE SHORE TAKING VIDEOS AND PICS.

CONSERVATIONISTS CAME FROM AS FAR AWAY AS JACO’S PLAYA HERMOSA [FROM KETO, A WHALE CONSERVATION NGO NPO, www.fundacionketo.org] TO TRY TO CHASE DOWN THE WHALES TO CUT AWAY THE NETS AND SAVE THE ADULT WHALES, BUT THE WHALES OUTRAN THEIR BOATS.

THE WHALES FINALLY SANK TO THE BOTTOM, DRUG DOWN BY THE WEIGHT OF THE NETS.

RAINSONG HAS INITIATED A JUDICIAL INVESTIGATION TO PROSECUTE THE GILLNETTERS GUILTY OF THIS TRAGEDY.

WE WANT JUSTICE FOR THESE 3 DROWNED WHALES !

JUDICIAL AUTHORITIES HAVE ALREADY AGREED TO HELP RAINSONG SEEK JUSTICE FOR THESE WHALES,

SINCE LOCAL MINAET OFFICIALS ARE IGNORING THE INCIDENT AND HAVE NOT TAKEN ANY ACTION YET AGAINST THE ILLEGAL GILLNETTERS RESPONSIBLE.

THE BABY WHALE’S BODY WASHED UP NEAR PLAYA CARILLO, NEXT TO SAMARA.

THE 2 ADULTS’ BODIES HAVE YET TO SURFACE.

THERE IS A REPORT IN LA NACION NEWSPAPER, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25, ON PAGE 15A.

THIS NEWSPAPER IS ONLINE, YOU CAN GO TO THIS LINK TO SEE THE ARTICLE…

La Nacion Article about Whales

contrary to what the LA NACION states, MINAET officials did not assist in the attempt to rescue the whales.

they just stood on the shore taking videos & pics. ACCORDING TO WITNESSES in CABUYA.

if any of you find any reports online regarding this incident, please send them to rainsong, c/o email : rainsongwildlifesanctuary@gmail.com

RELATED INCIDENT ???… THIS SAME DAY AT 1:52 PM WE EXPERIENCED AN EARTHQUAKE IN CABUYA, just as the whales were sinking to their death.

MOTHER EARTH IS ANGRY ! [ my perspective !]

mary at rainsong

DEATH THREATS – early in 2010 the illegal gillnetters in cabuya began to repeatedly send death threats to me, saying if i try to bring the authorities to the cabuya waters to stop the illegal gillnetting there [as i did in manzanillo], the gillnetters will send their columbian ‘friends’ to kill me.

HA! i look to a higher power for my inspiration and intuition, and yes, protection to continue my efforts to save what’s left of wildlife/sealife in costa rica.

MINAET officials of the RESERVA CABO BLANCO have never made any attempt to protect the sealife inside the ‘protected’ waters of the reserva.

MINAET officials continually ignore the illegal gillnets killing EVERYTHING ALIVE inside the reserva’s ‘protected’ waters.

just as they continually ignore the CONSTANT poaching for the bushmeat trade INSIDE THE PROTECTED FORESTS OF THE RESERVA.

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