Humpback whale found dead in Brazil, fishing gear to blame

A dead humpback whale is removed on Campeche beach in Florianopolis, Brazil, July 9, 2021, photo: Nilson Coelho/R3 Animal/Reuters
A dead humpback whale is removed on Campeche beach in Florianopolis, Brazil, July 9, 2021, photo: Nilson Coelho/R3 Animal/Reuters

A humpback whale was found dead on Thursday on Campeche beach in Brazil. Animal rights activists blame fishing gear for the recent deaths of whales in the country.

“This was the eighth sighting of a dead (whale) in the region. Five of them showed signs of being trapped in fishing gear,” Emanuel Ferreira, operation director at the animal rights organization R3 Animal, told Reuters.

“Usually, these animals go on a route that is further away from the coast, to their breeding grounds,” Ferreira said. But this year, they’re coming closer to the coast and get trapped in fishing equipment, he added.

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