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Boat driver facing charges for injuring whale shark

La Paz, Baja California Sur — The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection has filed a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic against a person responsible for injuring a whale shark in the Bay of La Paz.

The injury happened when a boat, Playmate II, hit a whale shark and caused an injury to its dorsal fin.

La Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente (Profepa) says that when officers were patrolling the area, they noticed the boat at high speed through the feeding area of the whale sharks in the Bahía de la Paz, slicing its dorsal fin.

An inspection report was generated and the boat seized with an official complaint being filed with la Fiscalía General de la República.

Article 420 of the Federal Penal Code says that a penalty of one to nine years of imprisonment and a fine could be imposed on a person who unlawfully damages any specimen of wild or terrestrial flora or fauna that is in danger, protected or regulated by the international treaty of which Mexico belongs.