NON-PROFIT organisation Equinac Almeria, along with members of local law enforcement, has performed a simulation of an animal stranded on Zapillo beach.
The organisation decided to perform the exercise in the hope of informing the emergency services on how to save future animals that become beached in the region.
An estimated 80 sea animals, including dolphins, whales and sea turtles died on Almerian shores last year, with many not knowing the correct procedure of how to help the animal.
It is believed that pollution and over fishing are the reasons behind these stark figures.
Officers from the Nature Protection Service (Seprona), the Maritime Service, the GEAS of the Guardia Civil all took part, alongside environmental agents of the Junta de Andalucía, the Port Police and Local Police of Almeria in an attempt to accurately show them all how a rescue is performed.
Manuel Rodriguez, a member of the non-profit organisation told Spanish media: “Today we teach the authorities that they have competence in dealing with protected animals, and how a rescue is done because they can often help us.”
Equinac are a non-profit organisation whose main objective is to address strandings of sea turtles and cetaceans (dolphins and whales) on the coast of the province of Almeria, as well as other exotic and domestic animals, in collaboration with other NGOs dedicated to different animal species.