Regulatory News

A report released by the NGO Whale Conservation Institute confirmed a record number of right whale deaths on the Atlantic coast of Argentine Patagonia last year. According to the survey, 116 of this whale species died in the region in 2012, compared to 61 deaths in 2011.

Scientists point to three hypotheses for this increase: strandings, sun exposure and seagull attacks that peck whales causing them injury to their backs. Every year, starting in June, hundreds of right whales, up to 14 meters long and weighing up to 50 tons, reach the bays of the Valdes Peninsula (1,400 km south of Buenos Aires), a UNESCO World Heritage site, to give birth and raise their young. This attracts 100,000 tourists a year, of which 25% are foreigners, a year to the southern Argentine region.

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