The UPV's Research Institute for Integrated Coastal Zones Management is carrying out a multidisciplinary project that aims to study the fin whale with the aim of providing information on the movements and migratory routes of these animals.
From the Gandia Campus, a team of eight people is in charge of carrying out the tasks that, for the most part, are technology applied to the study of biodiversity.
«The aim is to improve knowledge. Knowing where these animals come from, who they are and where they are going, because you really start to have ideas, but you don't know, ”explained the Campus researcher and professor who coordinates this project.
The Cabo Rorcual project wants to determine which population these whales belong to and why they pass so close to the coasts, as is the case of Dénia and Xàbia that presume to be areas where these sightings occur most (video of July 23 from the Torre del Gerro).
'Fin whales are species of high interest from the point of view of planning the marine environment. It is very striking that they pass very close to the coasts of Dénia and Xàbia. They are privileged areas ”, assured Belda.
What is certain is that these species are in full migration when they pass through our coasts, but for researchers it is very strange that they do not use the migratory corridor that is located a few miles from the Mediterranean coast: «the migration corridor of Cetaceans is the largest marine protected area that exists in this country. That aerial was made precisely for the migration of cetaceans and what is curious is that they do not pass through there.
This UPV project has the support of the MITECO Biodiversity Foundation. In addition, entities such as the City Council of Dénia and Xàbia, the Oceanogràfic Foundation, Baleària, Conselleria d'Agricultura, Rural Development, Climatic Emergency and Ecological Transition, Associació Eucrante, Institut Espanyol d'Oceanografía, Guardia Civil, Marina del Portet de Dénia and The Isbjorn Collective support this project.