May - International Day of the Baltic Harbour Porpoise 2005
The third Sunday in May - this year May 15 - again marks the
International Day of the Baltic Harbour Porpoise, which is
being celebrated for the third time this year under the aegis
of the United Nations Agreement on the Conservation of Small
Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas (UNEP/ASCOBANS).
Public awareness of the dangers to which the Harbour porpoise
is exposed, and public support for its conservation are essential.
It was with this aim in mind that the UNEP/ASCOBANS Secretariat
established the International Day of the Baltic Harbour Porpoise,
which is being observed this year by special exhibitions and
other events at the following locations: Gesellschaft zum
Schutz der Meeressäugetiere (GSM) in Quickborn, and the Maritime
Museum Stralsund, Germany; Havets Hus, Lysekil, Sweden; Latvian
Museum of Natural History in Riga, Latvia; the Lithuanian
Sea Museum in Klaipéda, Lithuania; Museum Koenig, Bonn, as
well as in the Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, Sweden
in collaboration with the Swedish NGO "Protect Whales & Dolphins".
On May 12 at 7 p.m., the marine biologist and journalist Petra
Deimer from GSM will be giving a public lecture at Museum
Koenig in Bonn entitled "Harbour porpoises in the Baltic Sea:
small whale in big trouble".
From 12th May until 26th June 2005 Museum Koenig will also
be presenting a special exhibition on "Small whales: artists
under water". Here, works by two British artists, Martin Camm
and Phil Coles, demonstrate the beauty and elegance of our
native dolphins and porpoises.
For more information about the third International Day of
the Baltic Harbour Porpoise visit also the following websites:
Sea Museum: http://www.muziejai.lt/Klaipeda/juru_muziejus.en.htm
History Museum Latvia: http://www.dabasmuzejs.gov.lv/en/
Museum of Natural History: http://www2.nrm.se/welcome.html.en
Whales and Dolphins: http://www.reklamhusetgammelgarden.se/flipper.html