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"Whales of the Mediterranean Sea" is a five-part documentary series about the scientists exploring the Mediterranean, and the cetaceans that inhabit this ancient sea. 

Filmed and Produced by Chris & Genevieve Johnson of earthOCEAN, "Whales of the Mediterranean Sea" ventures into deep seas and coastal waters with a range of international scientists. It examines the ecology of cetaceans, while exploring the causes of increasing pressures on their populations and habitats. The greatest challenge of all is raising awareness, as most people do not even know there are whales in the Mediterranean Sea.

Previous programs include: 

"Disappearing Dolphins" (Episode 4) 
Common dolphins were once abundant throughout the Mediterranean Sea. Today they are declining rapidly, surviving only in portions of their former range. In western Greece, the sea around the island of Kalamos is their last stronghold, or at least it used to be. So why are the dolphins disappearing? 

We interview Giovanni Bearzi, the President of the Tethys Research Institute in Italy, and a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation. Giovanni has been studying coastal dolphins in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea for two decades. What began as a study on the ecology and behavior of common dolphins around Kalamos, became a systematic record of their demise. 
earthOCEAN release the fifth and final program of the documentary series - "Whales of the Mediterranean Sea". 

What does it mean to save whales, dolphins and porpoises if their habitat is left unprotected? 

Marine Protected Areas, also known as MPAs or Marine Sanctuaries, are the equivalent of national parks and protected areas on land. 

Erich Hoyt is an author and senior research fellow for WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. He feels that creating MPAs for cetaceans can have a far-reaching impact in conserving other species, and whole ecosystems. 

Marine scientists Ana Cañadas and Ric Sagarminaga work in the Alboran Sea off the coast of southern Spain. They are identifying critical habitats for migratory species while working with various local groups whose livelihoods depend on a healthy sea. 

However, can establishing MPAs protect cetaceans from all human pressures? We interview Cristina Fossi, a marine toxicologist from the University of Siena, Italy, whose work highlights the extreme levels of pollution in Mediterranean cetaceans. 

Our final program of the series, Whales of the Mediterranean Sea, explores whether whales, dolphins and porpoises can be the catalyst in protecting marine biodiversity in this ancient sea.

Watch the video documentary - http://www.earthocean.tv/series/whalesmed_part5.html http://www.graphicmail.com.au/sendlink.asp?HitID=1202885290000&StID=3979&SID=18&EmID=2222829&Link=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5lYXJ0aG9jZWFuLnR2L3Nlcmllcy93aGFsZXNtZWRfcGFydDUuaHRtbA%3D%3D
New episodes in the Cetacean Investigation series coming in April 2008.

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