Two young kayakers filmed themselves paddling in the Golfo Nuevo, off the coast of Puerto Madryn, when they were surprised by three whales. The images filmed on August 31 generated millions of views on TikTok. However, such action is prohibited.
Now, beyond the surprising experience are the same protagonists who upload videos "raising awareness" about this local regulation. But, awareness was not only in the protagonists; now Greenpeace Argentina used that clip of the "experience with the whales" to ask for "protection for the Argentine Sea".
The Twitter post explains "A couple who were on a stand up board in Puerto Madryn, had a beautiful encounter with southern right whales."
"These animals are one of the many reasons why we must protect the Argentine Sea," they said in the social network of the Little Bird. The message is accompanied by one of the videos that went viral on TikTok.
The protagonists of the videos are Paolo and Mariana. And with the resurgence of his clips that went viral again on the networks, the young man took the opportunity to ask that "that is not done, that it is prohibited."
"In Puerto Madryn there is a law that prohibits approaching whales. I found out later that I uploaded the video to social networks, because the Prefecture initiated a summary against me," Paolo said in a video uploaded by Diario Rio Negro.
The young man remarked in the talk that although whales are "harmless" and "tame", the safety of those who approach "is not guaranteed".
"It's good for people who get into kayaking, stand up and so on, to know that they shouldn't do it. A movement of the whale would have hurt me," warned the young kayaker.
Paolo said in the interview with the local media that they offered him money to buy the images and that he did not accept: "The video is not for sale," he explained. I do not intend to profit from a moment that was wonderful and went viral unintentionally. "
He also explained that he keeps it in his account multiplying clicks "because he loves Puerto Madryn" and because "he wants everyone to come and meet the whales."
At the time, Major Prefect Finelli also used the video in which the young people were seen being approached by the whales and cited it as "proof of contravention".
"The regulations that are in force indicate that no one can approach within 100 meters of the whales," the Prefect clarified using the video as a warning.