BIG WHALES MEXICAN DISENTANGLEMENT PROTOCOL

The present protocol have been developed following the International Whaling Commission Disentanglement Guidelines. It was developed to try to maximize safe and successful operations. Disentanglement operations are very complex, dangerous and can be unpredictable. This protocol can not guarantee personal safety or animal´s successful release.

Reading this protocol by no means can be considered as training to attempt a whale disentanglement. Only the authorized persons, with special training and experience are allowed to attempt whale´s disentanglements.

Important Considerations:
a)     If you see and entangled whale please report right away to the local authorities; Mexican Navy, Harbor Master or National Park office (CONANP).
b)     Never get into the water to try to release a whale, it´s very dangerous and you´ll be risking your life.
c)     Please do not cut any of the trailing nets or ropes. Cutting without knowledge of where and how to cut might interfere and difficult RABEN rescue actions.
d)     Consider that an entangled whale is under big stress, so it can be dangerous and unpredictable. Whales can weigh up to 50tons, they are not gentle giants and they are not aware that you want to help them.

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