Cases of murdered sea lions are not uncommon in Chile's coasts and a look at other similar cases seems to prove ORCA's point. As recently as last June, a motorboat Don Bruno was spotted on its way to a warehouse with two dead sea lions on board, one of them killed to be used as bait.
"Based on the facts we have so far, the current case involves ten sea lions and 40 penguins, an enormous blow to our biodiversity," Henriquez explains.
"Using a mammal or a bird to capture fish or other invertebrates is not the most intelligent or sustainable choice. Invertebrates and the majority of fish reproduce at a higher rate, producing a larger number of offspring, than do mammals and birds, which also tend to display parental behaviors. Unfortunately, what can be observed in the images is a hidden reality for most, but a known practice by many in the fishing sector. Having said this, few dare to come forward and report what is happening for fear of retaliations. The times we can count on more than an anecdotal story from someone who witnessed the events are few and far between," states Sofía Martínez Véjar, a biologist.