28 Aug '16, 11am

Major threats to European whales and dolphins could soon be a thing of the past

Major threats to European whales and dolphins could soon be a thing of the past

From chemical pollution to submerged explosives - major threats to European whales and dolphins could soon be a thing of the past Fri, Aug 26, 2016 For the 500 Harbour porpoises remaining in the Baltic Sea, life is fraught with peril. Every day, these endearing cetaceans face the deadly threat of getting entangled in fishing nets and suffocating. They have to endure chemical and dangerous noise pollution, survive on a shrinking fish supply and even dodge submerged explosives left behind by the two world wars. The decimated Baltic population of porpoises is not the only one affected. Other cetaceans, including Common, Bottlenose and Atlantic White-Sided Dolphins, Orcas and Pilot Whales all face the same dangers caused by human activities. But change is afoot. Parties to the Agreement for the Conservation of Small Cetaceans in the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North...

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