Grey seal in the harbour of Nieuwpoort on 17 January 2017 (foto: T. Hubin/RBINS).

Marine Mammals in Belgium in 2017

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Kelle Moreau

Our marine scientists summarise the available information on marine mammals in Belgium in an annual report.

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The Coast guard aircraft, equipped with the sniffer sensor. (Photo: RBINS/SURV)

Belgian Coast Guard Leading in the International Fight against Air Pollution above the Sea

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Kelle Moreau

Since 2016, a so-called 'sniffer' sensor has been used onboard the Belgian Coast Guard aircraft to check for environmental and nautical violations. This sensor allows the sulfur content in the fuel to be derived on the basis of measurements made in the emissions of ships above the sea.

Opening of the colloquium by Ms. Pisani, Managing Director of RBINS. (Photo: RBINS/T. Hubin)

Biodiversity for development, a way forward to the Sustainable Development Goals

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Kelle Moreau

Five years of successful integration of biodiversity in the Belgian development cooperation forms the basis for further cooperation. In the week of 28 May to 1 June 2018, the involved Belgian and foreign partners gathered in Brussels.

The snake Opisthotropis spenceri ripping a crab under water (photo: Nirut Chomngam)

How to eat crab without hands?

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Charlotte Degueldre

While opening and eating crabs represents a challenge for many people as they do not know how to rightly use the designated utensils, some animals manage to do it without tools and even without hands!

Opgravingen Sint-Romboutskerkhof Mechelen (Foto: Dienst Archeologie - Stad Mechelen)

Belgium's Largest Collection of Human Remains Reveals Its Secrets

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Reinout Verbeke

An anthropologist from our Institute has analyzed 350 human skeletons from a cemetery in Malines, Belgium. The human remains date from the 10th until the 18th century, and are part of the largest skeletal assemblage ever found in Belgium.


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