A minke whale has been trapped in fishing nets in Japan since Christmas Day, and marine experts who are watching the situation fear that the whale will soon die from starvation and stress. According to The Independent, the whale has been attempting to “deep dive” to escape the nets, which are kept up year round at the port of Taiji.
Though experts and government officials are aware of the whale’s life-or-death situation, nothing is being done to help. According to the news agency, experts with Japan’s Life Investigation Agency have confirmed that there are no efforts underway to free the whale from the watery death trap.
The Dolphin Project has been providing video updates of the disturbing situation on its Facebook page (here).
Even though the nets are not designed to capture whales, it appears that this minke whale will be collateral damage for the fishing industry.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Please call the International Affairs Division of the Japan Fisheries Agency and ask that the whale be released: 81-3-3591-3861 or 81-3-3502-2443. You can also call the Taiji Fisheries Cooperative, the owners of the nets: 81-735-59-2048. Please share this story to your local news outlets as well.
Follow the National Animal News Facebook page for more news, updates and petitions.
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