Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. – On Monday, January 18th, two newborn humpback whales were found lifeless in the beach area of Marina Vallarta, in the municipality of the Jalisco coast, according to information provided by the Jalisco State Civil Protection and Firefighters Unit (UEPCBJ).
According to information circulating on social networks, the bodies were located on the shore of the beach, one of them in front of the Shangri La and the other body in front of the Melia hotel, given the situation the corresponding authorities came to remove the whales from the seashore.
“This morning the lifeless bodies of two calves were found in the beach area of Marina Vallarta. Our staff provided support to @SEMAR_mx and @PROFEPA_Mx to remove the bodies from the place,” shared Protección Civil Jalisco .
For their part, the workers of the Secretariat of the Navy (Semar) and staff of the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) were supported by elements of Civil Protection of the state to take the bodies of the whales.
Likewise, state authorities reported that the specimens were transferred to the Profepa facilities to continue with the investigations into the cause of their death. So far the authorities have not defined a probable reason why the specimens ended up dead on the beach.
Just last December 8, the arrival of the first humpback whales to the Mexican Pacific was recorded and in social networks, the death of one of these gigantic mammals has already been recorded, its body floating on the beaches that are on the limits of the states from Jalisco and Nayarit.
According to the information posted on the social networks of the Marine Mammal Research Group (GRIMMA), on December 24, at around 10:00 in the morning, a humpback whale was reported stranded in the coastal area of Punta de Mita.
Personnel from the Banderas Bay Stranding Network, the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) , and GRIMMA came to help Megaptera novaeangliae, the scientific name of a humpback whale, to give it attention and apply the protocols ordered to However, upon arrival, the specimen no longer had life.
Two lifeless whales found in Jalisco
In the place, it was ruled that it was an adult female whale and that it did not present signs or injuries that could estimate that its death was due to some entanglement, collision with a boat, or attack by predators.
All the personnel present there tried to take the whale to the sea, however, the high waves made it difficult to maneuver and returned it to the beach. After nightfall, it was agreed to culminate with the attempts to tow it out to sea as this already implied a great risk for those who carried out the field work.
The personnel of the stranding network, PROFEPA and GRIMMA returned to the place with special machinery to bury the humpback whale and prevent the decomposition process from taking place in the open air, culminating the maneuvers until December 26.