46 beached whales dead in Indonesia



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46 beached whales dead in Indonesia

46 whales were stranded in Indonesia and subsequently died: rescuers managed to save only three. 49 short-finned pilot whales had arrived on a beach on the island of Madura, in northern Java. Volunteers used tarps or just their bare hands to try to put them back into the sea.

Offshore cross currents in the area pose a danger to whales, which risk becoming trapped among coral reefs close to land. Pollution, abandoned nets and floating plastic waste are also a danger to marine animals. In July last year, 10 pilot whales were found dead near Kupang.

In 2018, a sperm whale was found dead in Indonesia with more than 100 cups and 25 plastic bags in its stomach, raising concerns about the huge marine litter problem in the Southeast Asian archipelago. East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa said: "Volunteers who are trying to help them get back out to sea say that some of the whales have returned back to the coast while their mothers are still stranded on the beach."

In recent years there are more and more accidents in which, due to nets, plastic and pollution, various animals have lost their lives.

Saimaa seals slaughtered by intensive fishing

Global warming has damaged the habitat for seals in the Saimaa, an area around the lakes of Saimaa, in Finland, where too little snow falls by now, so female seals are forced to give birth on ice, with serious risks for their survival.

WWF said that many specimens were trapped in nets placed underwater by fishermen and drowned. Saimaa seals are at risk of extinction due to the fishing nets in which they are accidentally caught. World Wildlife Fund hopes and demands that the Finnish government make various laws to protect the habitat of the species.

According to estimates, the number of Saimaa seals living in the wild are just between 260 and 410. Mervi Kunnasranta of the University of Eastern Finland, said that artificial snow banks are currently being built to help animals, but it is a waste of resources because seals live there, grow and proliferate in the spring, and then fall victim to nets in the same areas, often posed by hobby fishermen.

In the month of July there was the highest number of seals trapped in nets and drowned death. It would be necessary to ban fishing from mid-April to the end of June, which is carried out with small nets and therefore not dangerous for threatened amphibian mammals, but the bill is insufficient.

It is necessary prohibit fishing of all kinds, even the smallest fish, until the end of July. The protected area intended as a nature reserve for seals should also be extended beyond the proposed 300 square kilometers.