Whale trapped in fishing net in endangered marine refuge

This whale rescued by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is another collateral victim of illegal fishing. To exploit this highly threatened marine area, poachers would go to any length...

The importance of the Sea Shepherd teams

During one of their patrols in Mexican waters, the Sea Shepherd teams found this cetacean. The animal was completely entangled in a net. It was exhausted and had been wounded on its pectoral fin and tail. Two of the NGO’s boats were then called to come and help it.

The rescue operation was led by the Mexican navy. For several hours, the teams worked to disentangle the whale. After a lot of maneuvering, the animal was freed. Just a piece of net remained attached to its tail but that didn’t stop it from heading back into the deep. This incident was not insignificant: it took place within the Vaquita Refuge, a 1032 km2 area where gillnet fishing is forbidden.

The vaquitas are the most endangered cetacean on the planet, there would only be about 10 left. The “critical zone” represents the area where the vaquitas were last spotted. It’s considered high priority for the conservation, of these animals. They are victims to the same nets that trapped the humpback whale. The nets were laid by poachers trying to catch totoaba, fish that, in China, are more expensive per kilo than cocaine.

This footage once again shows the consequences of trafficking which is ravaging this region of Mexico where cartels threaten environmental activists. Sea Shepherd claims that the poachers don’t hesitate to attack their boats. In 6 years, the Sea Shepherd teams have removed over 1,000 items of illegal fishing equipment from the Vaquita Refuge and have saved around 4,000 animals.


02/26/2020 5:09 PM


  • Sandra S.
    03/01/2020 21:18

    F******g Chinese again.

  • Slawomir S.
    03/01/2020 17:04


  • Alex C.
    03/01/2020 11:19

    I can't believe this is the second time we see a whale get entangled by a net in the Vaquita Refuge. It's frustrating to hear the poachers and their supporters using their livelihood as an excuse. Its like they don't learn anything about the devastation of cod near the Newfoundland. I know there's still the totoaba black market but still... 😠

  • Lee K.
    03/01/2020 01:40

    thank you

  • Ramil L.
    02/28/2020 09:28

    look at how these brainless fishermen doing fishing NO BRAIN AT ALl...tsk tsk tsk...can your team educate these brainless?

  • James G.
    02/28/2020 05:12

    Bull.shit people come first

  • Dan R.
    02/27/2020 18:09

    Man is the planets collateral damage

  • Paul E.
    02/27/2020 12:07


  • Jennifer N.
    02/27/2020 08:15

    Please support Sea Shepherd! We do. They are amazing.

  • Adele S.
    02/27/2020 04:35

    China's hunger for so many species drives extinction!

  • Wolf D.
    02/27/2020 04:29

    Thanks Sea Shepherd 💕

  • Calvin T.
    02/27/2020 02:13

    Human are so destructive in countless ways to the nature. Sick.

  • Jutta F.
    02/26/2020 21:02

    Thang you Sea Sheperd 🙏❤🏴‍☠️

  • Susan P.
    02/26/2020 20:52

    This is where the armed forces should be , places like this on our fragile planet. Here you have a true meaning of doing the right thing

  • Christian G.
    02/26/2020 18:48


  • Patricia B.
    02/26/2020 18:25

    Maybe humans will understand that we are apart of the natural world when its just people and flies left. What goes around comes around.

  • Ebba H.
    02/26/2020 17:55


  • Ariel Z.
    02/26/2020 17:19

    Sitting over here with tears in my eyes. What a time to be alive knowing that your species doesn't deserve to be here. What the hell have we done. 🙇‍♀️

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