"It really worries us because the damage they're doing to the whales is multiplying, especially to infant whales that are born in these waters," Marcelo Bertellotti, of the National Patagonia Center, a government-sponsored conservation agency, told the AP.
The whales have had to change their behavior, according to Bertellolli. The whales no longer leap from the water or display their massive tails. Instead they break the surface just long enough to gulp in some air and then retreat to the safety of the depths.
Bertellotti advocates gunning down the gulls to protect the whales. By culling out the birds that have learned the whale bushwhack technique, he hopes to erase the habit from the population.
Don't cry for gulls, Argentina, say some in response to this plan. The gulls are only a symptom of the open air garbage pit problem, they say. Reducing, reusing and recycling along with covering up the trash heaps would stop the gull population from booming. Less gulls would mean less threat to the whales.