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Top left: a Dwarf Sperm Whale (image Hannah Jones; not the animal of 22 January 2017), bottom left: Harbour Porpoise (image Peter Evans). Right: images of the animal of 22 January 2017 (Bart Van Gelder, An Ceulemans, Bram Conings, Jean-Paul Théâtre).

First Observation of a Dwarf Sperm Whale in Belgium

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Sigrid Maebe

On Sunday the 22nd of January 2017 there was a special observation at sea: a very rare marine mammal, a dwarf sperm whale (Kogia sima) has been spotted near Ostend!

Wave converter (Nemos)

Public Consultation for a Research Structure for Wave Energy

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Sigrid Maebe

In December NEMOS has introduced a request for an environmental permit for the construction and exploitation of a temporary research structure for wave energy conversion. The public consultation for this permit is now open.


Retired taxonomists Patrick Grootaert and Léon Baert. 'Taxonomy is more than collecting stamps' (Photo: Reinout Verbeke, RBINS)

Taxonomists, An Endangered Species

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Reinout Verbeke

Taxonomists describe, define and identify life on Earth. This fundamental work is necessary to preserve and protect declining biodiversity.

Windmills Thorntonbank

New MUMM Website With Information On Activities At Sea

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Sigrid Maebe

Check out the new website of the scientific service Management Unit of the Mathematical Models of the North Sea. In Belgium MUMM is responsible for the follow up of activities at sea.

Foam on the beach: a result of eutrophication. (photo: RBINS)

Where Does The Foam On The Beach Come From?

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Jonas Van Boxel

Eutrophication, the overdose of nutrients in water, is damaging our seas and rivers. Our Institute, together with The International Scheldt Commission and the Belgian Federal Public Service, organised a workshop for scientists and policymakers to stop this process.


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