Around 15 years ago, Joe Howlett helped starting an initiative to the benefit of whales. The project gathered al fishermen in the region into a group. Their mission was to rescue the marine creatures whenever they heard of a specimen in trouble. Therefore, Howlett did not hesitate when he intercepted a difficult situation. He jumped in the water and untangled whale from a net. However, his friends claimed that the same creature brought his death.
Joe Howlett Was Extremely Passionate about Saving Marine Lives
The Campobello Whale Rescue Team operates on the Campobello Island. Its core task is to answer calls that announce whenever a whale gets stuck in a fishing net off the coast of New Brunswick. However, all members of this organization know one thing; that they confront each day with dangerous situations. That’s because giant marine animals are unpredictable, especially when they feel they are in danger.
On the other hand, Joe Howlett believed that saving a life was worth the risk, especially when it comes to creatures that would otherwise receive no help at all. One of his friends, Captain Mackie Greene, stated that Joe was passionate about this project.
The Untangled Whale Performed a Deadly Flip after It Recovered Freedom
On Monday, Howlett lost his life when attempting to free a North Atlantic right whale. The specimen was trapped off the coast of New Brunswick. The fisherman was with other colleagues onboard a response vessel under the ownership of the Canadian agency.
The team untangled whale, yet the creature gave in to fear and anger for a short second. As a consequence, the whale performed a big flip which turned out to be fatal for Howlett. In these times of sorrow, the members of the team are aware that their lost colleague and friend wouldn’t have wanted them to give up these rescue efforts.
According to Fisheries and Oceans Canada, there are only 500 specimens of North Atlantic right whale left around the world. The species was already declared endangered in the United States and Canada.
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