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In the Mediterranean Sea, large numbers of whales and dolphins are present in the waters of mainland France, Italy and the island of Corsica. It’s also an area with large human populations living along the coast. The waters also experience some the busiest shipping traffic in the world.
How can whales, dolphins and humans co-exist in this area?
This Storymap, developed in collaboration with the ECOPOTENTIALproject partners, highlights how cutting-edge satellite imagery (including tracking whales from space), ecological modelling and local knowledge are being used to improve the conservation of marine mammals in the Mediterranean Sea.
It focuses on efforts by ECOPOTENTIAL scientists to better understand whale movements, feeding habits, and human activities in the area so that better information can be provided for decision-making, in this case within the Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals™.
Author: Björn Alfthan, Levi Westerveld, Valia Drakou
Year of publication: 2018