31 Aug '12, 5pm
Gulls to be Shot to Protect Whales in Argentina
“It’s not just that the gulls are attacking the whales, but that they’re feeding from them, and this way of feeding is a habit that is growing and becoming more frequent. It really worries us because the damage they’re doing to the whales is multiplying, especially to infant whales that are born in these waters,” said Marcelo Bertellotti of the National Patagonia Center, a conservation agency funded by the government. There is also concern that the bird’s behaviors are limiting the whale-watching industry in the area, as the whales becoming increasingly afraid to breach the water completely. Whale-watching brings in a lot of tourist money, as the right whales come to these waters to give birth each year.