The Guardia Civil had to assist experts with the carcass of a shark washed up on Playa de La Puntica in Carboneras in Almería.
The experts were members of Equinac, which is an NGO that has been authorised by the relevant administration to act when there is a marine creature such as a shark, whale or dolphin stranded or dead on a beach along the coast of Almería. This ecologist organisation has 15 years’ experience in this field.
It was on the 25th that the Guardia Civil were informed of the presence of a dead creature and a patrol was despatched to the above-mentioned beach.
Together with the people from Equinac they examined the carcass of the small shark (an angular roughshark) weighing about two kilos and 64cm in length. The policeman kept curious bystanders back whilst the specialists did their work identifying and cataloguing the find.
The advice given to people if they should come across a beached marine animal is the following:
- If it is on the beach, it is because there is something wrong with it so don’t try and put it back in the water – wait for experts to arrive. To do otherwise could incur a fine.
- If you do come across a cetacean (marine mammal: whales, porpoises, dolphins, etc) then phone 112 or 062 as soon as possible.
- Do not attempt to put it back in the water because you could cause it more harm through handling.
(News: Carboneras, Almeria)