Spain creates Mediterranean Sea reserve to protect cetaceans

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The new marine wildlife reserve aims at protecting the migration paths of whales and dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea.

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The Spanish government announced the creation of a new protected area covering a total of 46,385 square kilometers between the Balearic Islands and the Spanish mainland.

The area according to the government is “of great ecological value and represents a migration path of vital importance for cetaceans in the Western Mediterranean.”

Teresa Ribera, Spain’s minister for ecological transition, said to AP News: “This is is the end of new prospecting or any type of extraction of fossil fuels” in the protected area.”

The Mediterranean country is determined to protect a range of marine species such as fin whales, sperm whales, grey sperm whales, pilot whales, Cuvier’s beaked whales, bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins, common dolphins, and loggerhead turtles.

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