Marine Mammal Congress

Marine Mammal LP

About 200 people participate in the 42nd Congress on marine mammals, organized by Loro Parque

About 200 people participate in the 42nd Congress on marine mammals, organized by Loro Parque

About 200 people participate in the 42nd Congress on marine mammals, organized by Loro Parque

This international forum, which began today and runs through March 17, includes the exchange of information, ideas, and discussion of issues related to marine mammals. The Macaronesian Cetacean Health Network was also presented within this framework, under the direction of Professor Antonio Fernández, accompanied by technicians from several countries on the African Atlantic coast who have come especially to Tenerife. Likewise, and as a symbol of the commitment between the experts, an orca sculpture alluding to the subject was discovered, made by the Canarian artist Alejandro Tosco.

Nearly 200 veterinarians, trainers, scientists, students and professionals linked to these marine animals debate during these days issues related to health, education, communication and bioacoustics, among other topics. There will also be a cetacean observation workshop in the south of the island, in which a demonstration of the bioacoustics project developed by the Loro Parque Fundación and the Faculty of Physics of the University of La Laguna will be carried out.

For its part, the Macaronesian Health Network is a project that began to take shape in 2007 and that takes shape in this meeting attended by scientific and political representatives from the Azores, Cape Verde, the Canary Islands and Madeira to formalize the sharing of scientific knowledge and evaluate the status of cetaceans in this oceanographic region, thus laying the foundations for a future sanctuary in the area.

As the culmination of the event and within the framework of the Expo Orcas collection, an orca sculpture will be unveiled, the work of Canarian artist Alejandro Tosco, who joins the project promoted by the Loro Parque Fundación that unites the environment with culture. Said sculpture entitled Harlequin Crab will be donated to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine as a symbol of the commitment of all parties.

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