The western Mediterranean’s tremendous natural beauty is a marine marvel that fulfils most of our fantasies of summer idylls. Picture the inviting blue beaches of Cote d’Azur, the white sandy beaches of Menorca, and the wild beaches of Costa Verde.
Each year, 200 000 seabirds die in the froth and foam of European waters alone, accidentally caught in the fishing nets of European fleets. And given the highly migratory journey of these seabirds and indeed European fishing fleets, these deadly fishing activities don’t stop in European waters.
In December 2016, the Swedish government proudly proposed four new marine protected areas in the Baltic Sea. The areas are home to species like the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) as well as seabirds such as the long-tailed duck (Clangula hyemalis).
At this time of year, young Yelkouan Shearwaters leave their nests at night to train their wings around the cliffs where they breed. After several nights they then fledge from their remote cliff-side locations for the first time, using the light of the horizon to guide them.