Ballenas y delfines
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Why protect whales and dolphins?
Whales and dolphins are important flagship species for marine conservation. Being top-predators in the marine ecosystem whales and dolphins are playing an inportant role in maintaining ecosystem health by preying on fish that is old or sick, this way eliminating it from the system. But whales and dolphins are also especially vulnerable to negative human induced environmental change. If we manage to maintain healthy populations of whales and dolphins, it means we have done so by conserving their habitat and this way we did benefit at the same time hundreds or thousands of other species, which share these habitats with the whales and dolphins. Therefore the conservation of whales and dolphins is one of the main goals of Mundo Azul.
Whales and dolphins of Peru
Read here about the natural history of more than 30 Peruvian species of whales and dolphins and the threats they are facing.
In the early nineties dolphin killing for human consumption was a big problem in Peru, with up to 15,000 dolphins being killed every year. Some of the founders of Mundo Azul, especially Nina Pardo and Olga Rey had their first big environmental success when managing to convince the Peruvian president of enacting a law that prohibits de dolphin slaughter in 1996. However, weak law enforcement and lack of awareness in law enforcement entities still leads to the illegal killing of up to 3000 small cetaceans for human consumption in Peru every year. Mundo Azul works against illegal dolphin killing by implementing environmental education programs and media events. Our undercover investigators do identify illegal meat venders in public markets using hidden cameras. We are actively supporting police forces in the capture of illegal meat venders and we are offering training courses for policemen along the coast.
Whale and dolphin watching: an opportunity for research and conservation
Mundo Azul promotes whale and dolphin watching as an opportunity for the economic development of coastal communities in Peru and as an alternative to illegal dolphin killings.
So far there is only very sketchy information about the ecology and distribution of whales and dolphins in Peru and there are virtually no adequate population estimates for any of these species. Without such information however solid conservation planning is impossible. Therefore we initiated a first large scale scientific research program on bottlenose dolphins, which we hope to expand in scale and intensity over time as well as including more species into our research effort.
In order to finance such an extensive and costly field research effort members of Mundo Azul created the Peruvian ecotourism operator Nature Expeditions. While guiding our tourists Mundo Azul researchers can collect important field data and at the same time provide a deep inside into cetacean ecology, conservation and research, making a whale watching tour or dolphin watching tour with Nature Expeditions not only being great fun but an impressive learning experience. You are benefitting marine conservation with any of Nature Expeditions ecotourism products, be it whale watching, dolphin watching, swimming or diving with sea lions, birding, sailing, sea kayaking or scuba diving.
Become a dolphin conservation volunteer
If you want to become deeply involved we are offering you the opportunity to take two weeks or a full month and become a dolphin conservation volunteer with Mundo Azul. Read more about our dolphin research programs.
Stranded cetaceans need fast professional help in order to have a chance of survival. Peruvian police forces, coast guards and representatives of costal city administrations are generally not trained for such events. Even worst: many times local fishermen try using the meat of stranded specimen and kill them when stranded alive. They do so being unaware of health risks caused by the consumption of dolphin meat and ignoring existing national laws. This chapter therefore provides the wider public with advice on how to help stranded whales and dolphins and prevent health risks for helpers and bystanders.
In case there are stranded cetaceans it is important to be fast on site in order to protect both: people and cetaceans. If you find a stranded dolphin or whale please give us a call. If the location is in our reach we will be happy to come and assist. If the beach is too far away for us to come and help we can provide you with detailed information and instruction on what to do. Even if animals are already dead when found it is key to call us so that our specialists can advise locals by phone what to do in order to avoid health risks for humans and collect some basic data on the cause of the animals’ death. It is very important to collect physiological data on stranded animals and to determine the cause of death if possible, in order to get basic information for our conservation programs.
Dolphins do not belong in captivity. Captivity always means that the animal suffers and it regularly causes an early death or chronicle disease. The “Hotel los Delfines” in Lima with two dolphins being held in a pool aside the hotels event-hall, is a sad example for such an atrocity against dolphins and nature. Read more.
On an international level whales are still at great danger caused by less than a handful of notorious whaling countries. Read more about whaling, international anti-whaling campaigns, Mundo Azuls activities in Peru and learn about opportunities for you to help protecting whales.
If you have any questions, comments or want to support us, please contact us.
Whale watching as an alternative to dolphin killing
Mundo Azuls whale and dolphin research
Freedom for dolphins – NO to captivity
Autor: Stefan Austermühle
La mayoría de empresas en el mundo pierden mucho dinero debido a un uso ineficiente de recursos naturales, como la electricidad, el agua, los insumos y las materias primas. “Sostenibilidad y ecoeficiencia en la empresa moderna” es una obra dirigida a personas proactivas —gerentes, empresarios, emprendedores, empleados, etcétera—, a fin de alentarlas a comprender que el desarrollo de una estrategia ambiental como parte de la gerencia empresarial moderna puede generar grandes utilidades y beneficios.
Así, Stefan Austermühle demuestra cómo cualquier tipo de empresa puede incrementar sus utilidades y rentabilidad mediante inversión en la conservación del medio ambiente, mejorar su imagen empresarial, obteniendo ventajas corporativas, y crear un mejor mundo para nuestros hijos.
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