The Civil Guard has denounced for an infraction to the Law on Natural Heritage and Biodiversity the owner of a jet ski who was caught doing abrupt maneuvers to catch up with a group of dolphins that were in the interior maritime waters of Melilla.
In a press release, the Melilla Civil Guard Command has described the events as “incessant harassment” and highlighted the “serious risk” involved in the maneuvers it carried out on the herd, which it approached every time it They surfaced to breathe which forced the dolphins to submerge again.
The events occurred on the morning of August 7, when a civil guard on duty in the Melilla port observed how the skipper of a jet ski that sailed between the commercial port and the marina performed continuous acceleration and braking maneuvers abrupt for no apparent reason.
The agent verified that his intentions were catch up with a group of dolphins who were in the area each time they surfaced to breathe.
Faced with the “incessant harassment and serious risk” that the maneuvers carried out on the herd entailed, the Civil Guard carried out numerous signals via whistle to get the attention of the skipper of the boat, in order to urge him to stop his attitude, which he ignored.
Faced with such an “uncivil attitude” and “with clear contempt for the herd of dolphins”, the Civil Guard activated the Special Group for Underwater Activities (GEAS) to intercept the jet ski and identify its patron, which was denounced.
Those fascinating animals
Dolphins are animals that, despite the pilot of this jet ski, are fascinating to most humans. Every time we learn more about their behavior, with studies that sometimes dismantle what was previously believed about them.
One of the last works published in this regard was published in the magazine in Current Biology y revealed that their young were capable of look for life to get food beyond the maternal bond.
The team of researchers observed that baby dolphins learn a foraging technique through horizontal social transmission, that is, between animals of the same generation.Since the 1990s it has been known that Shark Bay dolphins (Australia) they are able to make their prey emerge from the empty shells of giant sea snails, where they take refuge. The dolphin puts the tip of the nose inside the shell to remove it from the water and then shakes it, so that the animal falls into its mouth.Until now, it was believed that this technique was taught only from mother to calf, by vertical social transmission, but it is not only like that, since they can also learn it from other dolphins of the same generation, according to experts from the University of Leeds (United Kingdom) who signed the study.
Another characteristic of these animals learned on the occasion of confinement by the Covid is that, if they do not come closer to our coasts it is because they do not like crowds.
One hundred specimens of pilot whale or pilot whale (Globicephala melas), a species of the dolphin family common in the Mediterranean but rare to spot on the Costa Brava, was seen after the confinement in the underwater canyon of Begur (Girona).On May 21, a group of biologists who are members of the Noa18nusos Association, which has been dedicated for more than a decade to the observation and dissemination of marine life although it was officially established two years ago, left the Port Marina de Palamós on a sailboat Y, a few kilometers, he encountered the animals.