Rhodos, Greece, 3/4-2012
With clear blue waters surrounding me and the Medieval Old Town as next neighbour, I am now staying in Rhodos for some time.
Here, I spend my present time making research for new ideas... :)
The great mountains of Turkey are shown from distance and the water in the area always seems to have this special blue colour.
The greek waters with its many lovely islands are very popular and well known for most of us, but what do we actually know about what is hiding under the surface here?
A fact unknown to most of us is that there are 14 species of marine mammals observed in the Greek seas and 9 of them live here permanently.
For example, Greek waters is the most important area throughout the entire Mediterranean for the sperm whale (Physether macrocephalus), the biggest toothed whale living on earth.
Even the critically endangered Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus), which is one of the rarest species on the planet, has half of its global population living in Greek seas.
The Greek seas offers a unique enviroment for survival of many rare species. But still today, many of them have declining populations and the threats are mainly direct or indirect human-related.
However, there are always something we all can do for making a difference...
Thalassa: Learn, Act, Protect
The European Union LIFE project “Thalassa: Learn, Act, Protect” is aiming to inform and involve people in the effort to conserve the marine biodiversity living in the seas.
For information about the marine mammals found in Greek waters, as well as the important work of "Thalassa" please visit ”Thalassapedia” their new educational site.
More information about the ”Thalassa” projects you also find at their website: www.thalassa-project.gr
The “Thalassa” project is an EU funded project and implemented by Mom (Monachus monachus) and WWF Greece (World Wide Fund for Nature).