Biologists thought of killing Wally whale in Mallorca



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Biologists thought of killing Wally whale in Mallorca

After swimming in the waters of Ponza and having gone up the Italian coasts, the young cetacean is now in the Balearics. It is hoped that through the Strait of Gibraltar it can return to the ocean where its species lives, but it is too weak.

There are those who propose euthanasia and those who want to let nature do it. Weakened and malnourished, Wally, the gray whale spotted in Ponza in April has been in the waters of the Balearic Islands for a few days, first near Ibiza and now in Mallorca.

Last Thursday she arrived in Santa Ponça after having deviated from the route that led her towards the Strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic, the only hope of survival for this young animal, about two years old, eight meters long and weighing seven or eight tons.

which is now exhausted, undernourished and with wounds on the tail perhaps caused by nets in which it got entangled during its long journey adrift in the Mediterranean. The situation appears desperate. Gloria Fernández, spokesperson for the Palma Aquarium, which is coordinating together with the Spanish Institute of Oceanography and the Oceanogràfic in Valencia, and under the surveillance of the Salvamento y Seguridad Marítima (Sasemar), the monitoring and rescue actions that attempt to save Wally, said: "The animal is in an irreversible state, we don't know how long it can stay alive.

It has lost all its fat reserves and a good part of its muscle mass, is thin and exhausted."

Poachers kill hundreds of cranes in Lebanon

Hundreds of gray cranes have been killed by a group of poachers in Lebanon. According to the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon, millions of migratory birds are illegally killed in the country every year.

Gray cranes at this time of the year are engaged in a migration that crosses southern Lebanon, for this reason the poachers have had a particularly easy life to intercept flocks and to kill them. As reported on the Facebook page of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces, the killing of so many defenseless animals has also mobilized the police.

Several arrests have already been carried out. Specifically, the gendarmerie unit has imprisoned three young men Lebanese aged 26, 34 and 40, who are all suspected of being part of the criminal gang behind the slaughter. To make the episode even more shocking poachers shared on Facebook of numerous images depicting men near the carcasses of cranes.

The protagonists of the massacre often appear smiling next to the animals carcasses. The first of the three denied involvement in the shooting but admitted that he was paid by poachers to clean the carcasses of the cranes. The other two instead stated that they were in the area for a picnic, and had received some carcasses from poachers for resale.