By Cathy Elelman • 06 August 2020 • 14:40
INCOMPREHENSION: The Equinac marine life association said it failed to understand why the harmless fish had not been left in peace
CREDIT: Equinac Facebook @asociacionequinac.org
MARINE life rescue association Equinac reacted furiously to the death of a harmless moon fish on a Roquetas de Mar beach after a man dragged it out the sea.
“Creatures live in the sea and they have every right to approach the beach without being attacked or harassed, without there being a collective hysteria, and even less that it has to die at the hands of people like this gentleman”, the organisation said.
Equinac, the authorised association for dealing with marine life beachings in Almeria, explained that the moon fish, which is about the size of a medium-sized dolphin, had been spotted swimming off the Roquetas coast for three days, moving with currents with its fin above the water, as the species does.
Over that time, members of the public mistaking it for a shark or dolphin alerted the authorities.
Equinac made it clear the creature was harmless and should be left alone.
However images posted on social media show a man holding the fish down on the sand.
Equinac has now launched legal action against the beach-goer in question. The Guardia Civil is also investigating the incident.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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