Sea Shepherd Crew Visited by a Minke Whale

While on patrol for poachers in Gabon, some of the crew of Sea Shepherd’s M/Y Bob Barker were surprised during their swim break by a visit from a curious minke whale. Over 20 species of whales and dolphins are found in the Gulf of Guinea, including the critically endangered Atlantic humpback dolphin and humpback whales migrating from the Antarctic to mate, give birth and nurse their young.

While a quarter of Gabon’s waters have been designated Marine Protected Areas, whales are often killed as by-catch by industrial fishing vessels, particularly those engaged in illegal fishing activities. Sea Shepherd’s Operation Albacore protects these gentle giants through joint patrols with the Gabonese government.

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Video by Guillaume Duez/Sea Shepherd.

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