Geronimo's version (added Feb 14, 2006, 5:44PM by Mogens, confirmed by direct contact with the company) from AllVallarta.com forum.Two days ago was one of the saddest days in all seasons that I have been working with whales... We were witnesses of a boat hitting a whale. The Geronimo, (a boat without permit) hit a whale. They came way too close, some other boats already talked to them by radio, but, he ignored all advises and hit a whale. The dorsalfin got cut off.. and there was a lot of blood. It seems the whale did survive, but the dorsalfin will never grow again.
Gerinomo, owned by cruceros Princessa, was reported but the authorities have never done anything in the past against this company. For years they have ignored all laws. The sealion in the Terminal Maritima is still there too, while everybody knows it is drying out everyday when he is "entertaining" the tourists. For 10 US you can take a picture with a sealion.
So, for all tourists coming to Vallarta that take a boattrip, please, go only with a boat that has a permit. In case it does not have a permit and the captain somehow does approach whales, let him know that he is not allowed to. He knows, but some capatains seem to think they will recieve better tips at the end if they give an opportunity to the tourists to make pictures of whales.
Please everyone when you are planning to go out in the bay whale watching please make sure that the boat has a license to do so and if you happen to be on a boat that is not licensed and the captain approaches them let them know that you do not approve of this and report them when you get back to shore. Don't know if reporting them will do any good but it won't hurt to try.Sad isn’t all you are, pathetic would be a better word. Yes a tragic accident involving a whale did occur in Puerto Vallarta, all you had to do was watch primero noticias to find out about it. What is even more tragic is that a certain person “todopoderosa” decided to take advantage and with no actual proof, or credibility, try to destroy a company’s reputation. A meeting took place with the proper authorities, the harbor master, the navy, and by a group of marine biologists, as well as many of Vallarta’s tour company’s including the Geronimo, as well as Cielo abierto, the company who employs “todopoderosa” Astrid and no formal accusation was made against the Geronimo or anyone else for that matter because there was no witness or proof to determine who caused this terrible accident. The Geronimo boat was not involved in any way with the whale accident. The Geronimo is not a whale watching boat, the tour for this boat is a snorkeling; diving tour to the Marieta Island, which if you know anything about whale watching in Vallarta, you would realize that the highest rated sightseeing spot is directly in route from the main marina terminal to the Marieta islands, and it has been the boats route for over 10 years. During this season we are extremely mindful and respectful of the marine life as we are at any moment in Vallarta’s water. As to the accusations made, the authorities have taken no formal action because it didn’t happen. For starters it sounds extremely unlikely that something like this could happen, and not a single person on a whale watching boat, have a camera to back up the story, that is the first thing on your recommendation list. Secondly a boat would be extremely affected if hit by a whale, the damage it would cause would not allow the boat motor, or propeller to function properly, the boat has no physical damage, it has been functioning every single day since the supposed “accident”, had it happened the first people to notice or complain would be the same passengers a board the boat, not a single one collaborates with any part of “todopoderosa” story. And finally this directed to “todopoderosa” when you make such a serious and damaging accusation at least have your facts straight. The Geronimo is not owned nor operated by cruceros princesa, nor does it have any affliation with the sea lion or Vallarta adventures. And to the public in general, I hope that educated people will not be fooled by such false accusations, most likely made with the intent to harm a companies business.Sad, that is what I am... really sad.” End quote.
It’s an extremely competitive business and I find it pathetic of “todopoderosa” to make such false accusations, in hope of getting her own company a little edge. We are currently taking legal action against this defamation of character caused by this false accusation and the person responsible, as well as the seriousness of threats being made towards the Geronimo on the message boards. Thank you for taking the time to read this message, I hope this helps clear up any doubts this false accusation has caused, the reason this reply has taken the time it has is that we were unaware of such accusations until today.
There is a list some where of the boats that have permits for whale watching so if someone has the list could you please post it. Thanks.