Good whale news from Chile


This video is called BBC Planet Earth (Blue whale).

Not only news about extinct whale species from Chile, also about living species …

From Wildlife Extra:

Blue whales get a boost in Chile

February 2014: Blue whale and dolphin conservation gets a boost with the decision by Chile Government to make Tic Toc, situated on Chile’s southern coast, the largest Marine Protected Area (MPA) in continental Chile. With an area of around 90,000 ha (equal to the urban area of Chile’s capital), Tic-Toc is one of the most biodiverse areas of Chilean coast.

“This marine park is a gift and a great inheritance for our children,” said Dr Francisco Viddi, Marine Conservation Program coordinator at WWF Chile. “Tic-Toc will finally be protected; its rich waters, innumerable species and fragile ecosystem will be conserved and the blue whales will continue to have a home here every summer.”

The new MPA is an important feeding and nursing ground for the blue whale, the world’s largest mammal. The area is also home to unique species of dolphins such as the Chilean dolphin and Peale’s dolphin, as well as two endangered species of otter.

“This is the beginning of a path to achieve conservation of at least 10 per cent of Chilean seascapes,” said Dr Viddi. “Still there is much left to do, but we are convinced that the declaration of these new protected areas will be a significant contribution and will be managed seriously and efficiently.”

Along with Tic-Toc, the government also approved the designation of a Marine Coastal Protected Area further south in Aysén. Both efforts will help to consolidate an important pole of conservation in the area.

“Chile urgently needs a network of marine protected areas along the coast and the Tic-Toc Marine Park and the Aysén protected area opens the door,” said Carlos Cuevas, Founder and Director of the Melimoyu Foundation. “We hope that they serve as a model to be replicated in the rest of the country.”

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