Posted on September 17, 2018
Spain is creating a marine wildlife reserve for the migrations of whales and dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea and will prohibit searching for fossil fuels in the area.
The Spanish government announced that the protected reserve will cover 46,385 square kilometers (17,909 square miles) between the Balearic Islands and the mainland. This area particularly has an important ecological value and represents a migration path of vital importance for cetaceans in the Western Mediterranean.
In this protected area will be banned new prospecting or any type of extraction of fossil fuels, to preserve this marines species. The Spanish government is working to create the best sea conditions to help this marine wildlife. The species Spain hopes to protect are Fin whales, sperm whales, grey sperm whales, pilot whales, Cuvier’s beaked whales, bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins, common dolphins, and loggerhead turtles.