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The Sowerby's beaked whale of Ostend © RBINS/Jan Haelters
23/02/2020

Rare Beaked Whale that Washed Ashore in Ostend Turns out to be Healthy

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Kelle Moreau

On Wednesday evening 15 January a Sowerby’s beaked whale washed ashore in Ostend. An autopsy showed that the animal was probably still alive when it got into trouble in our coastal waters, no clear cause of death could be determined.

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Cover of the new report © RBINS
23/02/2020

Environmental Impacts of Offshore Wind Farms in the Belgian part of the North Sea – Marking a Decade of Monitoring, Research and Innovation

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Kelle Moreau

Since 2008, 318 offshore wind turbines have been installed in the Belgian part of the North Sea. Both the construction technology and the environmental impact monitoring have changed a lot during the past decade.

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excavations at Takarkori (c) The Archaeological Mission in the Sahara, Sapienza University of Rome
20/02/2020

Desert Fish on the Menu in the Sahara 10,000 Years Ago

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Siska Van Parys

Fish was 10,000 years ago the main source of food for hunter-gatherers in the Libyan Sahara, which at that time was still teeming with lakes and rivers. In the archaeological site Takarkori, researchers found thousands of fossil fish bones, with traces of cutting and burning.

Palaeolithic dog from Předmostí with a bone fragment between its teeth, from the collections of the Moravian Museum, Brno (Czech Republic). Likely the bone was inserted upon the death of the animal in the context of a ritual. (Photo: M. Germonpré, RBINS)
19/02/2020

Teeth wear reveals: dogs already domesticated during the last Ice Age

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Reinout Verbeke

Wear marks on 28,500-year-old teeth indicate dogs were already domesticated by hunter-gatherers during the last Ice Age. Dogs (domesticated wolves) were given harder food such as bones, while wild wolves were eating softer food.

The new RV Belgica is launched for the first time (© Belgian Navy/Jorn Urbain)
12/02/2020

First Launch of the New Research Vessel Belgica

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Kelle Moreau

The future Belgian research vessel Belgica was launched for the first time on 11 February 2020 from the Freire Shipyard in Vigo, Spain. An important milestone following the keel laying, the equivalent of the laying of the foundation stone of a building, just under a year ago.

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