Every summer, humpback whales travel thousands of miles to mate and birth their calves near Isla de la Plata. Due to its productive waters and abundance of commercial fish species, it is also the site of rampant illegal fishing. The numerous illegal gill nets and longlines set by poachers can tangle and drown the whales.
Machalilla’s park rangers developed a humpback whale rescue program four years ago where specially trained rangers, upon finding an entangled whale, jump in the water to cut away the fishing lines. Through a combination of patrols and community outreach, the Machalilla rangers are notified of entanglements and have rescued 14 whales to date. You can help Machalilla’s park rangers rescue more humpback whales this year with increased patrols, the purchase of equipment to help during these daring rescues and community outreach.
0Humpback whales rescued
1Patrol vessel with rescue equipment
0Park rangers trained
Personal equipment for humpback rescues (e.g. scuba knife and rope, etc.).
Humpback whale rescue equipment or one outing to rescue a humpback whale or recover ghost nets.
Specialized training on humpback rescues and patrolling for one ranger.