Mediterranean ‘highway’ planned to protect marine life from oil exploration

Source: The Independent

The Spanish government has backed proposals for a safe zone which would run between the Balearic Islands and the Catalan coast.

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Spain, Andalusia, Tarifa, Long-finned pilot whales and sperm whales in the Strait of Bibraltar. Rex

Spain, Andalusia, Tarifa, Long-finned pilot whales and sperm whales in the Strait of Gibraltar Rex

Plans to create a “highway” in the western Mediterranean to protect whales and other marine mammals threatened by oil exploration projects have been backed by the Spanish government.

Madrid’s environment ministry will propose the project at the next summit of Mediterranean nations. It will say that the exploration techniques in the area, such as the use of high-intensity air guns that emit sound waves, risk disrupting the habitats of pilot whales, sperm whales and bottlenose dolphins.

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