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Monday, December 16, 2002

The Sea Watch Foundation aims to achieve better conservation of whales and dolphins in the seas around Britain and Ireland by involving the public in scientific monitoring of populations and the threats they face, and by the regular production of material to educate, inform and lobby for better environmental protection.

Twenty-eight species of cetaceans have been recorded during the present century in British and Irish territorial waters. This amounts to more than one quarter of the UK mammal fauna.

Keeping a check on the changing fortunes of cetacean populations not only leads to effective protection for these fascinating animals whose interests have been largely neglected until now, but can also provide a warning of potential problems in the marine environment and allow remedial action to be taken.

The Sea Watch website offers a very informative and easy to understand species identification guide, information about regional volunteer groups, a photo gallery and much more...