Are there whales in the Mediterranean Sea? The answer is a resounding ‘yes’, including resident populations of deep-divng sperm whales, fin whales, the second largest whale of all, as well as five species of charistmatic dolphins, the same species watched by the ancient Greeks and painted on their walls and ornaments. A five-part documentary film series, Whales of the Mediterranean Sea, highlights the latest amazing research into whales and dolphins as well as the heroic efforts to conserve them and their habitat in the Mediterranean. It is produced by Chris and Genevieve Johnson from earthOCEAN, known for producing the award-winning PBS website covering the 85,000-mile “Voyage of the Odyssey” with Roger Payne (2000-2005).
The films also feature the dramatic work of Oceana in combatting the biggest conservation problem in the Mediterranean – the persistence of driftnets that are so destructive to all forms of life, including whales and dolphins.
This month the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) announces a five-year campaign to obtain large highly protected safe havens for whales and dolphins. The first of 12 proposed areas is the Alborán Sea Marine Protected Area (MPA) featured in Whales of the Mediterranean Sea. The final programme focuses on MPAs. The
We are making the films available for download for educational purposes at www.whaletrackers.com. Each film lasts 12—18 minutes and offers insightful interviews with scientists, rare original video of sperm and pilot whales, bottlenose, common and Risso’s dolphins in the wild and superb graphics to lead to a greater understanding of this ancient sea. Teachers are encouraged to download the videos as an educational resource, using the classroom notes for teachers provided on the site.
The films are in english with subtitles in Spanish, French, Arabic, Italian, German and Greek. The project to translate and implement the language versions was initiated and sponsored by WDCS and OceanCare, with the help of the other groups including Oceana, Tethys Research Institute, Alnitak, Pelagos Research Institute and WWF.
We welcome the efforts of schools, local communities and NGOs interested in showing the videos to publicize the problems of cetaceans in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Schools, communities and NGOs can link to and use the online materials or download high-resolution versions via iTunes (e.g., for use in classrooms) but for educational and non-commercial purposes only.
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