The brackish Baltic Sea is home to only four species of marine mammals, including just one whale resident – the Baltic harbour porpoise. The species colonized this unique ecosystem some 8000 to 10 000 years ago just as the Baltic was forming. Sadly, today there is only a fraction of the historical population left. Estimated at 500 animals, the Baltic population of the harbour porpoise is categorized as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List.
Join us for an EMSEA online event on May 25th at noon CET (11:00 GMT) to learn more about the Baltic harbour education and conservation challenges.
Even though the harbour porpoise is the only whale inhabiting the Baltic Sea, cases of baleen whales visiting this part of the global ocean are not unheard of. In celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity Michał Bała will tell us about documented occurrences of baleen whales in the Baltic.
Educator at The University of Gdansk
Professor Krzysztof Skóra Hel Marine Station of the University of Gdańsk Institute of Oceanography is the only institution in Poland that specialises in marine mammal conservation, research and education. Mikołaj Koss will share his insight and over 20 years of experience in informal harbour porpoise education within the Blue School project.
PhD candidate at The University of Gdańsk
Marta Skorek’s research interests include sustainable marine governance, sustainable tourism and ocean literacy. In her talk she will present an overview of the status of the Baltic Sea harbor porpoise population, and encourage a discussion around the problem of keeping marine mammals in captivity.