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Plans to shoot seagulls that attack whales

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Saving the whales is something Argentinians take so seriously that authorities in Patagonia have launched a 100-day plan to shoot seagulls that have learned to attack the big mammals as they surface to breathe.

Environmentalists say the plan is misguided. They say humans are the real problem, creating so much garbage that the gull population has exploded.

Both sides agree that what was bizarre animal behaviour a decade ago has now become a real hazard for threatened southern right whales in one of their prime birthing grounds, turning whale-watching from a magical experience to something from a horror movie.

Seagulls off the coast of the Patagonian city of Puerto Madryn have discovered that by pecking at the whales as they come up for air, they can create open wounds.

http://www.guardian....s?newsfeed=true

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Can we shoot the people who shoot the birds? Let animals be animals. Seagulls learned to do this, they should be allowed to do it. Because we as sapient beings invented guns and massive whaling ships doesn't mean we should kill everything to feed ourselves though. Nature is about balance and sometimes that balance is disturbed, which is why we've had massive extinction before and will again. It's the way of the world. For a while, balance, then chaos. We need to realize we damage the environment more then any other animal, and learn to adapt with the world and nature, not the other way around.

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